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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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Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance- What you need to know

In July 2019, Newton City Council passed an ordinance (that expands upon the December 2015 plastic bag reduction ordinance) requiring businesses to provide compostable or reusable bags at checkout instead of plastic bags. The reduction of the use of plastic bags helps protect the marine environment, advances solid waste reduction and protects waterways.

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Looking for a flu shot?

Our next public clinic is Tuesday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Both high-dose flu vaccine (age 65+) and regular dose flu vaccine (age 6 months+) will be available.

Download the form in advance.


HHS Department moves forward with e-cigarette regulation

The Newton Health and Human Services Department is moving forward with its regulation to restrict e-cigarettes to adult-only retail tobacco and nicotine delivery product stores.

The legal notice will be published in the Newton Tab this week, and the regulation takes effect December 16, 2019.

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Vaping Product Ban in Massachusetts

On Sept. 24th, Governor Baker declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth due to severe lung disease associated with the use of e-cigarettes and vaping products and the epidemic of e-cigarette use among youth. The Commissioner of Public Health has temporarily prohibited the sale and display of all vaping products and e-cigarettes until further notice.

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Newton Mosquito Update

Newton’s risk level for West Nile Virus (WNV) has been raised from low to moderate due to a human case of WNV disease in Middlesex County. Newton’s risk level for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) remains at low. The Newton Health and Human Services Department’s recommendations for protecting against mosquito carried illness remain largely unchanged.

The primary change is to always take precautions when outdoors, not just from dusk to dawn. The recommendations include:

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Additional Mosquito Information

Mosquito related information for Newton Youth programs is available here:

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Free Training: You Are The Help

This free community training teaches lay people to be the help until help arrives during an emergency.

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Bottled Water Consumption Advisory

A bottled water consumption advisory has been issued by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

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