The state grant was awarded as part of a program, which is meant to encourage regional public health efforts.
Salem and Peabody had discussions about consolidating public health services under one manager in 2009. At the time, Driscoll estimated that the move would save $63,000 a year between the two cities and nearly double the staff available to serve public health needs. The idea received praise from the Salem Chamber of Commerce, North Shore Medical Center and the state DPH, but the Salem Board of Health rejected it.
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