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Health & Human Services



The mission of the department is to protect, promote and sustain the health, harmony, and well-being of all Newton residents, in a culturally-sensitive, customer-friendly manner. Our focus is on prevention.

Our department is organized into five different divisions: Environmental Health, School Health, Public Health and Education, Emergency Preparedness, and Human Services.

Deborah Youngblood, PhD
City Hall Room 107
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420

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News & Information

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Conquering Your Clutter

Is your home cluttered beyond recognition? Are you worried you may be collecting too much stuff? Do you need help?

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SNAP benefits deposit change due to shutdown

Instead of getting SNAP in February, you will get it early – between January 17 & 20th -- due to the Federal government shutdown. In Massachusetts, households get SNAP (food stamps) between the 1st and 14th of each month. If you get SNAP on your EBT card early, you do NOT need to call the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) unless you have a question or need to tell them something about your case. DTA will NOT be issuing SNAP again in February. If you get SNAP on your EBT card early, you will not get SNAP again in February. Keep this in mind when you are making decisions about buying food. SNAP will stay on your card until you decide to use it! If DTA needs paperwork to approve your SNAP or keep your SNAP case open, get it to DTA as quickly as possible.

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Fall Updates from HHS

The latest Fall Updates from the Health and Huma Services Department are in our newsletter here.

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West Nile Virus detected in Newton mosquitoes

West Nile Virus (WNV) has been detected in Newton mosquitoes, the City’s Health & Human Services Department announced today. There have been no reports of human infection in Massachusetts so far this year.

Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been trapped in Newton and surrounding areas, so residents should take precautions regardless of which part of Newton they live in.

“West Nile Virus mosquitoes are something we expect to see every summer and fall in this area,” said Deborah Youngblood, Health and Human Services Commissioner. “I urge everyone to take steps to prevent disease by using mosquito repellent, avoiding peak mosquito times outside, and emptying standing water around their homes.”


Spotlight on School Health

Whether it’s a health screening or a lifesaving epinephrine injection, Newton’s school nurses are wrapping up a busy school year helping to meet the health needs of the students in our district. Working as part of the City’s Health and Human Services department, the nurses are located in every school building, caring for student’s needs and providing health education and support to students and staff alike.


Smartphone Letter for Elementary School Families

Dear Parents and Legal Guardians of Elementary School Students,

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Summer Food for Families

Click here to learn more about the options, including the FUEL Summer Backpacks Program, for Newton residents with children under 18 who need extra food to offset the loss of school breakfast and lunch programs during the summer months.


Seasonal Allergies bothering you?

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, the start of spring is a mix of excitement about warmer weather, and dread about the sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose to come. Here are some tips for managing seasonal allergies -- also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis -- so that you can better enjoy the beauty of spring.

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