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FRAMINGHAM – City of Framingham is looking for three individuals for its 5-member Board of Health.

The mission of the Framingham Board of Health is to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of all residents of the City of Framingham. Under Massachusetts General Laws, state and local regulations, and community direction, the Board of Health is held responsible for disease prevention and control; health and environmental protection, and promoting a healthy community.

The positions are volunteer and unpaid.

The Board of Health serves as the local extension of both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Members should have experience in Public health or medicine (MD and/or RN), or have a JD or business experience in health department issues.

The Board of Health in the City of Framingham expanded from 3 to 5 members in December.

The City Council voted in March 2021 to increase the Board of Health from 3 to 5 members, but Mayor Yvonne Spicer delayed submitting the petition to the legislature for months.

It was eventually submitted in August 2021.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker on December 20, 2021 signed the home rule petition into law, earlier this month.

Also in December, one of current three members resigned.

Under the act, signed into law by Gov. Baker, one of the two new members will have an initial term of two years and one will have an initial term of three years. Mayor-elect Sisitsky will need to also nominate an individual for a 3-year term to replace Laura Housman.

The 11-member City Council will need to approve of all three appointments.

The current chair is Dr. David Moore, whose term ends in June of 2023

The third member of the Board of Health is Alexandra Rubin, who was appointed this year when Gillian Carcia, who was chair resigned.

Rubin’s term ends in June of 2022.

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To apply, for one of the three positions, click here.

On Tuesday night, the two members of the Board of Health met with Mayor Charlie Sisitsky to discuss a potential temporary mask mandate in the City of Framingham. Health Director Alex DePalo also attended the meeting. No decision was made.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.