From the Commissioner
Welcome to the Newton Department of Health and Human Services Website. I am Dori Zaleznik, the Commissioner of this department. We have reorganized our site to help you to get the information you need more easily. 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.
How do we attempt to accomplish such a broad mission? Our department is organized into five different divisions: Environmental Health, School Health, Public Health and Education, Emergency Preparedness, and Human Services.
• Environmental Health enforces state laws, codes, local ordinances and regulations around safety including for food establishments, swimming pools, housing complaints etc.
• We oversee the school health program and employ all of the school nurses. The medical needs of children in public schools today can be quite complex, and the presence of a highly trained school nurse in each school building is essential for the health and well-being of our young students.
• Public health and education focuses on community disease prevention and health promotion including conducting public health nurse run health maintenance clinics, flu immunization clinics, and follow up of communicable disease reports from the state. This division also is assisting in wellness programs for city employees and the community.
• Emergency preparedness is essential for all municipalities. Our department participates with other public safety officials in planning and training for all types of emergencies and organizes the volunteer Medical Reserve Corps.
• While many view Newton as a wealthy community, we have many vulnerable populations including those with financial needs, families in crisis, individuals with disabilities, and victims of discrimination. Within the human services division, we have a community social worker and two part-time mental health nurses. The city contracts out for youth outreach and other mental health services. All of these providers strive to assist our residents without regard for socioeconomic status, race or ethnic background.
|Dori Zaleznik, MD |
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
News & Information
|February 15, 2013
The CPR/AED course originally scheduled for Sunday, February 24th is postponed due to the expected snow this weekend. A new date will be announced soon. All those already registered will remain registered. Registration for others interested will be posted again at www.newtonma.gov/cpr when a new date is announced. Questions? Call 617-796-1420.|
|October 1, 2012
The Health and Human Services Department is providing flu vaccine to Newton residents at several locations this year. Details, including clinic dates and forms, are available at www.newtonma.gov/flu|
|September 21, 2012
The City of Newton Health and Human Services Department is pleased to announce receipt of a Food and Drug Administration grant in the amount of $350,000 over five years to improve its food safety program. |
|August 30, 2012
Newton’s first human case of West Nile Virus this year was announced late Wednesday by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in collaboration with the city’s Health and Human Services Department. |
|March 8, 2013
Newton residents may begin calling the Health & Human Services Department on March 11 to make an appointment to receive a shingles vaccine. The clinics will be held in late March and April at City Hall. |
|May 18, 2012
Prom season is often a tempting time for students who might consider going to a tanning salon in preparation for prom. But as a group of Newton North High School students explains in a video they created about melanoma risks, it's just not worth it. |
The students created the video for the school's health week in May, with guidance from School Nurse Rozanne Milner.
You can watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQOY69o1DGk