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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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See a rat in Newton? Report a rodent here!

Click here to report a rodent sighting-

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Food for Families

Food for Families, provides FREE bags of non-perishable breakfast and lunch essentials to families that may need a little extra help putting food on the table for their children.

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Fall Updates from HHS

The latest Fall Updates from the Health and Huma Services Department are in our newsletter here.

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West Nile Virus Risk Level Raised in Newton

City health officials are advising Newton residents and visitors to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites due to the high risk of West Nile virus (WNV) in Newton and 10 nearby communities.

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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.”


Spotlight on School Health

Whether it’s a health screening or a lifesaving epinephrine injection, Newton’s school nurses are wrapping up a busy school year helping to meet the health needs of the students in our district. Working as part of the City’s Health and Human Services department, the nurses are located in every school building, caring for student’s needs and providing health education and support to students and staff alike.


Smartphone Letter for Elementary School Families

Dear Parents and Legal Guardians of Elementary School Students,

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Summer Food for Families

Click here to learn more about the options, including the FUEL Summer Backpacks Program, for Newton residents with children under 18 who need extra food to offset the loss of school breakfast and lunch programs during the summer months.

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