Missions & Vision

The Mayor's Health Task Force (MHTF) is a broad based collaborative of health care, social service providers, environmental groups, academic and research institutions, local businesses, community leaders, city planners and visionaries who mission is to "develop healthy public health policies and activities that accomodate the changing conditions of the total community, and promote improvement in the quality of life of its community members."

The MHTF serves as an advisory board to the mayor by placing public health issues high on the political agenda of the city and establishing new partnerships that build community capacity to address health disparities. The Task Force is a comprehensive effort by community activists to move Lawrence forward as a healthy city in the broadest possible terms.

The vision of the MHTF is to secure tangible resources and systems to improve the city's overall health status. It is a collaborative, credible, sustainable, and accountable entity. The MHTF solidifies its members' institutional commitment to Lawrence. It maximizes diversity, holding to the cultural values and heritage of the community.

In July 2010, the MA Department of Public Health requested that the MHTF assume the responsiblity of administering CHNA (Community Health Network Area) 11, extending our reach to Methuen, Andover, North Andover and Middleton, a testament to the exponential growth in membership and scop of the MHTF, and its transformative work in the community.

Working Groups/Subcommittees

MHTF General Meeting meets on the 4th Tuesday bi-monthly from 10:00am-12:00pm


  • Capacity Building Trainings
  • Health Fairs
  • Health Screenings
  • Systems/Policy Changes
  • Citywide Awareness Campaigns
  • Environmental Campaigns


  • Vilma Martinez-Dominguez, Coordinator
  • Elecia Miller, Project Officer
  • Mayreni Villegas, Community Health Specialist