School of Professional Studies

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Administration (MPA)


School of Professional Studies

Chief Instructor

Mary Piecewicz


MPA, fluoridation, ballot initiative, Worcester voting wards, Tableau, City of Worcester


Water in Worcester: A Campaign for Public Fluoridation arose as a project from our sponsors, Chris Philbin, Vice President of Government Relations at UMass Memorial Health Care, and Joe O’Brien, former Worcester Mayor, Executive Director of the Environmental League of Massachusetts, and Clark University Adjunct Professor. Our goal has been to produce resources that will support the fight for fluoridation in the City of Worcester. Fluoridation has failed to pass in Worcester on four separate occasions, but Mr. Philbin and Mr. O’Brien believe that the time has come to try again.

In order to fluoridate Worcester’s water supply, the municipal Board of Health would have to vote to add it. Opponents would then have the opportunity to collect signatures and make the issue into a referendum question that voters would address in the November, 2018 election. Our goal was to provide persuasive background information that would encourage the Board of Health to institute fluoridation, in addition to resources that could be used to win a referendum campaign, should it come to that.





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