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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.

Linda Walsh, RN, BSN
Interim Commissioner
City Hall Room 107
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420


News & Information

News ImageSuicide Prevention Resources
February 19, 2015  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.


Information about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa …..
October 30, 2014  EbolaNewton public safety officials (Police, Fire, EMS and Health) meet daily to gather facts and share information about the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.


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.


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 )