Board of Health

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Members

  • Antonia Blinn, Chair
    Term expires: December 31, 2021
  • Kasia Frenette, Clerk
    Term expires: December 31, 2020
  • Michael Healey
    Term expires: December 31, 2020
  • Leah Gillespie
    Term expires: December 31, 2022
  • Graham Wilson
    Term expires: December 31, 2022

Mansfield Board of Health Mission Statement:

Our role is to protect, preserve and improve the public health, environment and well-being of our citizens through the enforcement of federal, state and local statutes and regulations, education and promotion of sanitary living and working conditions, and protection of the environment from disease and pollution. 

 The Board of Health is governed by a five-member volunteer board appointed by the Select Board and focused on three core functions of public health - assessment, policy development, and assurance. 

Mansfield Board of Health Goals and Objectives 2020:

Monitor health status

  • Ensure the board understands the trends and health status of the community thru the presentation of data updates at least four times a year.

Enforce Federal, State and Local laws and regulations that fall under the responsibility of the Mansfield Health Department to assure public health, housing, and environmental health.

  • 100% of Mansfield food establishments will be inspected at the appropriate risk-based intervals through either scheduled or unscheduled inspections according to 105 CMR 590.
  • At least 90% of food establishments maintain a Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOG) logs.

Develop policies and plans

  • Review a minimum  of four regulations annually to ensure they comply with or exceed current federal or state regulations 
    • Create and adopt food regulations for the Town of Mansfield by the end of the year.
    • Update the Tobacco/Nicotine delivery product regulations by the end of the year to maintain and protect the public’s health building upon evidence based data, and responding to community values.
    • Educate the board on the town’s/region’s  emergency preparedness plans for a wide range of hazards to local public health emergencies, working in collaboration with other town departments and municipalities  and determine the boards role in emergencies.

Link people to needed personal health services/Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality

  • Ensure that the responsibility of the establishment of Community EMS from the previous contractor is delivered in collaboration with the health agent, school nurses, Council on Aging, and the Mansfield Fire Department
    • The board will review the monthly reports and provide feedback. 
    • Invite the Mansfield Fire Department to at least one Board of Health Meeting to share status, community concerns and opportunities for further collaboration

Inform, Educate, and Empower

  • Update the Health Department website by spotlighting emerging health topics on a monthly basis. The Board will maintain current knowledge and understanding as well as increase public awareness of said health issues in the community.
  • Develop, maintain, and advocate for programs aimed at ensuring a safe environment, reducing known health risks, and applying known preventive health measures.

 * Laws and regulations includes: food safety and protection; septic systems; fat, oil, grease (FOG) maintenance; nicotine delivery product (tobacco & vaping) and nicotine sales; housing standards; lead paint; mercury;  body art; wells; recreational day camps; family campgrounds; motels/hotels; public and semi-public pools; environmental odor, plastic waste reduction, and public health nuisances.