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Health & Human Services

Welcome

 

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
Commissioner
City Hall Room 107
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420
dyoungblood@newtonma.gov

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Summer Meals for Kids

Check out our resources for helping families provide food for their kids during the summer months.

And please contact our social services staff members if you need help. 617-796-1420.


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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.

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'13 Reasons Why' Letter Writing Campaign

Join Newton Cares for a Letter Writing Campaign to Protect the Well-Being of our Youth





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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.
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2017 Camp License Application Now Available

The license application for 2017 Recreational Camps in Newton is now available. Applications are due May 19, 2017. Click here for more information on camps and camp licensing in general. For other questions, call 617-796-1420.

As you prepare for camp, please note that new camp regulations are being developed (Click here for draft regulations. See “Christian’s Law” and “Recreational Camps for Children”). Until they have been finalized, the current regulations are still in effect (See "Christian's Law" and “Recreational Camps for Children”).

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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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The Monologue Project: Voices of Color

Twelve Newton students of color recently shared their experiences of race and racism as part of “The Monologue Project: Voices of Color.” Their captivating stories were captured on video during an evening theater performance held earlier this month, and also preserved in a book. Both are now available on the Newton Youth Services website.


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