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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 ImageWest Nile Virus Found in Newton Mosquitoes
July 30, 2015  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.


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.


Medication Take-Back Day set for Sept. 26
September 3, 2015  On September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the City of Newton and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its tenth opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal behind the Newton Police Station, 1321 Washington St., West Newton. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information, please call the Newton Police Department at 617-796-2107 or visit
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