Board of Health

Under Massachusetts General Law (MGL), the Amherst Board of Health is responsible for the protection of the public's health and the protection of the environment from damage and pollution.

 The Board of Health promotes public health by controlling disease and promoting sanitary living conditions for the Town of Amherst. The Board of Health oversees health regulations for the Town of Amherst including:

  • Creating new regulations
  • Review existing regulations
  • Reviewing and determining on variance requests for existing regulations

To View Board of Health Documents:  
Board of Health Regulations

Artificial Turf in Playing Fields in Amherst Motion

Motion by BoH Regarding Artificial Turf in Playing Fields

Racism and Public Health
Statement on Racism and Public Health
Data and Sources for Statement on Racism and Public Health

LGBTQ+ Equity Statement  LGBTQ+ Equity Statement

Public Indoor Mask Mandate 
1.) Metrics - Decision Making for COVID-19 Interventions (Mask Mandate)

2.) On March 10th, 2022, the Mask Mandate was lifted. Read details.

The Board of Health is comprised of 5 appointed members each serving a 3 year term. The agents of the Board of Health are the Health Inspectors who are located in the Inspection Services Department and responsible for enforcement of Board of Health and State regulations and inspections. 

 Current Board of Health Members

MemberYear AppointedTerm Expires
Risha Hess20232026
Maureen Millea 20192024
Lauren Mills20212026
Premila Nair20222025
Timothy Randhir20192024

Currently, we do not have any vacancies on the Board of Health.

If you want to find out more, or apply to become a Board of Health member, go to the Form Center and apply.

To Contact Board Members:
Please email or mail to:,  Phone: 413-259-3077,  70 Boltwood Walk, Amherst, MA 01002

Board of Health Meetings

The Board of Health meetings are held monthly, most meetings are the second Thursday of the month at 5:30 pm via zoom. Meetings are subject to change, please confirm below for any date changes, or call the Amherst Health Department at 413-259-3077.


January 12, 2023
February 9, 2023
March 9, 2023
April 13, 2023
May 11, 2023
June 8, 2023
July 13, 2023
August 10, 2023   
September 14, 2023
October 12, 2023
November 9, 2023
December 14, 2023 

All meetings are at 5:30 pm via zoom (until further notice). Meetings and zoom links are posted on the Event Calendar on the Town of Amherst website, as well as posted with the Amherst Town Clerk. 


Most Recent Agenda / All Agendas 

Most Recent Minutes / All Minutes

Meeting Packets

Board of Health Meeting Video Recordings

Useful Links