Health & Human Services


From the Commissioner

Welcome to the Newton Department of Health and Human Services Website. I am Dori Zaleznik, the Commissioner of this department. We have reorganized our site to help you to get the information you need more easily. 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.

How do we attempt to accomplish such a broad mission? Our department is organized into five different divisions: Environmental Health, School Health, Public Health and Education, Emergency Preparedness, and Human Services.
     • Environmental Health enforces state laws, codes, local ordinances and regulations around safety including for food establishments, swimming pools, housing complaints etc.
     • We oversee the school health program and employ all of the school nurses. The medical needs of children in public schools today can be quite complex, and the presence of a highly trained school nurse in each school building is essential for the health and well-being of our young students.
     • Public health and education focuses on community disease prevention and health promotion including conducting public health nurse run health maintenance clinics, flu immunization clinics, and follow up of communicable disease reports from the state. This division also is assisting in wellness programs for city employees and the community.
     • Emergency preparedness is essential for all municipalities. Our department participates with other public safety officials in planning and training for all types of emergencies and organizes the volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.
    • While many view Newton as a wealthy community, we have many vulnerable populations including those with financial needs, families in crisis, individuals with disabilities, and victims of discrimination. Within the human services division, we have a community social worker and two part-time mental health nurses. The city contracts out for youth outreach and other mental health services. All of these providers strive to assist our residents without regard for socioeconomic status, race or ethnic background.

Dori Zaleznik, MD
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420


News & Information

Duplicate Streets Meeting Held
March 31, 2014  Duplicate Streets Meeting Held on March 25, 2014
Forty-three people signed the attendance sheets for this meeting representing 14 of the 22 duplicate streets. Posted here are the PowerPoint and checklist that were presented at the meeting.
( View PDF )

News ImageSuicide Prevention Resources
February 14, 2014  Suicide Prevention Resources are listed on the Newton Cares website at


Sharps Disposal Program
January 31, 2012  Newton residents may bring sharps for safe disposal to the Health Department at City Hall during regular business hours. Sharps must be in a sturdy plastic container such as a laundry detergent bottle or red medical waste container.
( Sharps Disposal Brochure )