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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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Flu Fact or Fiction?

It’s that time of year again - the air is crisp, the leaves are beginning to change, and you are being bombarded with messages to get your flu shot. With so much information, how can you tell fact from fiction? The City of Newton Health & Human Services (HHS) Department put together this guide to help! For questions and more information, call us at (617) 796-1420 or visit our website at

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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.”

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10 Tips for a Healthy Summer

Summer is here! And we’re offering 10 tips for a healthy summer to keep you safe from ticks, mosquitoes, sunburn and more.

  1. Always check the back seat: When you’re driving around with a pet or baby, leave something in the back such as a purse, backpack or phone that you’re going to need when you arrive. That way you’ll remember to retrieve your sleeping pet or baby, and prevent death due to a hot car. A closed car in the summer sun can go from 78°F to 100°F in 3 minutes and to 125°F in 6-8 minutes. Never leave pets or children in a parked car, even with the windows open.


Newton’s Voices of Students of Color

Race and racism are complicated subjects. Newton has recently needed to face some of that complexity as we grappled with community meetings on diversity boiling over with tension and emotion, racist incidents at our schools, questions about a sanctuary city status and more. Our high schools are microcosms of our larger community in many ways and issues of race are as complex for our young people as they are for adults.


Substance Use Disorder Support and Resources Available

Worried about a substance use disorder in a loved one? There has been no shortage of recent discouraging data about opioids and other addiction. But there is help from a variety of sources for those struggling with substance use disorder. Here are a few options:

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Heat Advisory

Please read for a few tips about how to stay cool & healthy in the hot weather, and information regarding power outages, and cooling centers.

New Sharps Collection Location

Sharps collection has moved to the Rumford Avenue Resource Recovery Center at 115 Rumford Ave.
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Suicide Prevention Resources

Newton Cares is a community coalition for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health. Many local and national resources are listed on the website as well as an anonymous online mental health screening. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. Never worry alone, reach out.

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