Health & Human Services

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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
Commissioner
City Hall Room 107
1000 Commonwealth Ave
Newton, MA 02459
(617) 796-1420
dyoungblood@newtonma.gov

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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.


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Crystal Lake will reopen for regular activities on Thursday August 15 at 2:00 pm.

Crystal Lake will reopen for regular activities on Thursday August 15 at 2:00 pm.

Results have been received from the second Crystal Lake water samples collected on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 and tested by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH). Water testing was conducted because an algae bloom was observed at the lake beginning August 5. The results show algae in the water at the swimming beach are at acceptable levels for regular recreation.



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Bottled Water Consumption Advisory

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

https://www.mass.gov/files/documents/2019/07/08/spring-hill-advisory-july-2-2019_0.pdf


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Summer Food Safety

Summer promises sunshine, heat, and carefree gatherings with families and friends. It also coincides with an increase in food poisoning as warmer temperatures cause foodborne germs to thrive. When shopping for groceries or eating outside, make sure to refrigerate perishable food within 1 hour if it’s 90°F or warmer. Read on for more tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on keeping food safe this summer, whether you’re grilling, planning a party, or attending a fair or festival.


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Public Health Advisory: Measles

City health officials are advising Newton employees and residents to proactively review their measles vaccination status. While there are no current Newton measles cases, the Newton Health and Human Services Department encourages individuals to check their vaccination history because measles outbreaks are occurring throughout the United States and abroad.


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Wondering About Measles? Looking for a vaccine?

Measles outbreaks (3 or more cases) are currently ongoing in 2019 in 6 U.S. locations:

• New York: Rockland County and New York City; Washington; California: Butte County; Michigan; New Jersey.


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Substance Use Disorder Support and Resources Available

Worried about a substance use disorder in a loved one? There has been no shortage of recent discouraging data about opioids and other addiction. But there is help from a variety of sources for those struggling with substance use disorder. Here are a few options:


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New Sharps Collection Location

Sharps collection has moved to the Rumford Avenue Resource Recovery Center at 115 Rumford Ave.
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