Town of Plymouth Public Health Department


A Healthy Plymouth

A top 20 population center and the largest municipality by land area in the state of Massachusetts makes the Town of Plymouth a public health epicenter in the Commonwealth’s South Shore region. This department recognizes and prioritizes the health and well-being of its residents and visitors by using evidence based policies and best practices to assure the public their health and welfare is at or above an optimal standard. It is the mission of the Plymouth Public Health Department  to promote healthy living, prevent infectious, communicable and chronic disease and injury across the life-course in order to ensure that the Plymouth population is healthy.



Public Health Staff

Public Health Director: Dr. Nate Horwitz-Willis

Public Health Agent: Karen Keane

Administrative Assistant: Margaret Coe

Senior Clerk: Marilyn Fistori

Food and Retail Inspector: Joe Murphy

Final Septic System Inspector: Rob Tinkham

Animal Inspector: Jean McNeary


Board of Health Members

Interim Chair: Nancy O’Connor-Gantz Term Expires: 2019

Vice Chair: Kimberly Kelville Term Expires: 2020

Birgitta Keuhn Term Expires: 2020

Barry Potvin Term Expires: 2021

Jerry Levine Term Expires: 2021


Public Health in Plymouth

Plymouth’s Public Health System

Plymouth Public Health System

The Public Health System in Plymouth is vast and encompasses various stakeholders. The mission to prevent illness, disease, and injury to the public involves coordinated efforts that can often become complex. Public health promotion, interventions, policies, and strategic thinking requires the participation and cooperation of organizations that cut across all  professions with the local Public Health Department and the Board of Health at the hub for a healthy Plymouth.

Public Health Newsroom


One of our goals within the Public Health Department is to educate and promote healthy lifestyles ranging from access to care, environmental health, aging population health, chronic disease, infectious disease, and food systems and safety. It is also planned to discuss other various community and environmental health topics. Our Public Health Department heavily relies on data that is both quantitative (using statistics) and qualitative (using words to understand thoughts/opinions) that tell a compelling story of value that may be useful to the public on a selected topic.

Core Public Health Services

Core public health services

We’re dedicated to making sure that Plymouth is a healthy place for people to learn, live, work, and play. In order to do that we place our priority on core public health services by working across our local public health system with local, regional, state, and national level stakeholders. This is central to our mission because it allows this Department to deliver effective positive health outcomes that have both a short and long-term focus.

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hgf_public_health_word_cloudPublic Health is in all things. Within the Town of Plymouth, we value working with other organizations to solve problems negatively impacting health that range from simple to complex. Continue reading more about to understand how the Public Health Department prioritizes the public’s health in the Town of Plymouth.


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Public Health Updates

John “Jack” Hayes, a Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) Cadet, engaged in a Public Health and Office of Emergency Management cooperative student experience from January to March, 2018. This is the first time these two departments engaged in a joint technological collaborative utilizing Geospatial Information Systems (GIS). This initiated phase I, to begin strategizing and effectively… Read More

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Welcome to the new Plymouth Public Health Department website. You may or may not have noticed a few changes over the past few months. For starters, ‘Health Department’ changed to ‘Public Health Department’ or some may say Department of Public Health. This name change reflects the direction of providing the residents and visitors of the… Read More

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