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.

Linda Walsh, RN, BSN
Interim Commissioner
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420


News & Information

Rabies Caution for Dolan Pond Area, West Newton
September 16, 2014  A raccoon captured on September 11, 2014 has tested positive for rabies. The raccoon was found near the Auburndale Ave entrance of the Dolan Pond conservation area in West Newton. If you, or your pet, may have had an encounter with a raccoon in this area on or around the above date, please contact the Massachusetts Epidemiology Program at (617) 983-6800 or the Newton Health & Human Services Department at (617) 796-1420.


News ImageWest Nile Virus Confirmed in Newton Mosquitoes
August 7, 2014  August 7, 2014 West Nile Virus has been detected in Newton mosquitoes. No reports of human infection in MA so far this year.

Information for Newton Tobacco Businesses
July 5, 2014  The Newton Board of Aldermen recently passed a comprehensive revision to Chapter 20, the tobacco related ordinances. There are significant changes that go into effect on July 6, 2014.


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


Medication Take Back Day
September 12, 2014  The Newton Police Dept, along with the Newton Health and Human Services Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a medication take back day on Saturday, September 27 from 10am to 2pm.

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 )