Provincetown Public Health Programming
The Provincetown Health Department has been providing public health programs and services since 2015, guided by its inaugural public health needs assessment.
The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the next public health needs assessment, which was slated to occur in 2020. The Provincetown, Truro, and Wellfleet Health Departments, jointly with the Barnstable County Department of Health and Environment, are conducting public health needs assessments in their towns to determine how effective current social and health programs are, especially after the worst impacts from COVID, and to refresh our guidance from the 2015 assessment. This project measures the attainment level of some of the Healthy People 2030 goals. This evaluation process can only be valid and effective with extensive resident input. With County support and the input of Lower Cape Health Department staff, we have designed a survey for residents to learn about their socioeconomic factors, health care and mental health services use, dietary habits, illegal substance use, and the effects of COVID on their lives. The survey is electronic and accessible by QR code and hyperlink.
7/19/22 Update: Thank you to the residents of Provincetown, Truro or Wellfleet that took part is this survey.
Guided by the 2015 needs assessment, the Health Department and Board of Health chose three core focus areas for the Town’s public health work: improving and facilitating community connection, providing access to fruits and vegetables to those who cannot afford them, and providing mental health and substance use supports for the community, on top of improving existing legacy public health programs and managing the Town’s Community Support Liaison program. Click the links below for more information on our current programs and services.
Click here for COA Wellness Clinics on the 2nd Tuesday each month for blood pressure and wellness screenings by the VNA of Cape Cod, open to all Provincetown residents and town employees at the Provincetown Senior Center, 2 Mayflower St, Provincetown from 10am- 12pm.
Provincetown Community Support Liaison
If you need help locating services of any kind, please contact the Community Support Liaison, a resource for anyone in Provincetown.
More information about some of the Community Support Liaison’s services and drop-in hours is available on the Homeless Prevention Council’s website here.
Barrier Elimination Fund
The Barrier Elimination fund was established to help folks who experience a barrier to receiving mental health or substance use disorder treatment.
If you or someone you know has something keeping them from getting treatment (childcare, bus fare, etc.), please contact the Community Support Liaison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-237-7042.
Youth Activity Fund
The Provincetown Youth Activity Fund is available for youth and adults under 25 to participate in classes, camps, and recreational or other enrichment activities. Click here to apply.
Wednesdays at 5:30pm in Provincetown (via Zoom), year-round.
Crystal Free is a weekly, drop-in group for gay/bi/trans men who are seeking supports with recovery from crystal meth use. This group is a harm reduction group, meaning the participants define their own recovery (for some that may mean abstinence from all substances, for some that may mean abstinence from crystal meth only, and for others that may mean cutting down on crystal meth use).
Crystal Free is offered by the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. During social distancing protocols for COVID-19, Crystal Free is being held via ZOOM meetings. To join the meeting or for more information, click here.
Mothers living in Provincetown, Truro, or Wellfleet can be reimbursed up to $150 dollars per infant for services or products to support breastfeeding.
To apply, send the following information to the Provincetown Health Department:
· Mother’s Name
· Mother’s Phone Number and Email
· Residential Address
· Residential Town & Zip
· Mailing Address
· Mailing Town & Zip
· Baby Name(s) and Date of Birth
· Item(s) purchased and date(s)*
· Date application submitted to the Health Department
*Sales tax will not be reimbursed. Submit the information above with receipt(s) to the Provincetown Health Department, 260 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657.
A program of the Provincetown Health Department, the Dexter Keezer Fund of Truro, and the Wellfleet Health and Conservation Department.
A free, drop-in yoga and meditation class for those recovering from addiction and their loved ones. The class explores breath, movement, and stillness as a means for supporting recovery from addiction.
A partner program between Provincetown Health and Recreation Departments. For more information or for the Zoom log in, contact instructor Jen Kopec.
Buried in Treasures
An evidence-based group for people who collect or otherwise feel overwhelmed by stuff. Join others who want to regain control of their collections and clutter in a private, judgment-free setting.
Led by Carol Bishop, LICSW, the group is held every fall at the Provincetown Council on Aging.
Carol is also available to Provincetown residents for individual coaching session for help with developing a plan for their treasures or with organizing and sorting their items.
For more information about coaching or the Buried in Treasures group, please call the Provincetown Council on Aging at 508-487-7080. Click here to watch a video about the two programs and Carol's approach.
Winter Wednesdays /
Winter Wednesdays is a free community program offering fun, interesting, and dynamic classes to the Outer Cape during the coldest and darkest months of the year. When offered in person, the program seeks to eliminate all barriers to participation including transportation and childcare.
Winter Whenevers is the remote version of Winter Wednesdays, which in 2020 was offered throughout the week.
A program of the Provincetown Health Department, Provincetown Public Library, Provincetown Housing/Economic Development Office, Provincetown IB Schools, Truro Central School, and Wellfleet Health and Conservation Departments.
Check the Winter Wednesdays website for more information. Classes are typically announced around the new year. If you are interested in teaching a class, reach out to the Provincetown Public Library.