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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News & Information

STATE PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ALERT SOUTH SHORE RESIDENTS ABOUT POTENTIAL EXPOSURE

BOSTON (May 25, 2019) - The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) confirmed today that a case of measles was diagnosed in a child in Greater Boston on May 24th. During the infectious period, the child was present in a number of locations that could have resulted in exposure to other people.

This second case of measles this year in Massachusetts has occurred in the context of a large national outbreak of measles and a very large international outbreak.


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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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Suicide Prevention Resources

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.

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Getting a Helping Hand through Health and Human Services

A single mom who was recently laid off struggled to get by for several months, desperately trying to pay her bills on time so she could remain in her Newton apartment where her two children attend local schools. She couldn’t imagine moving, and eventually reached out to the city’s social services caseworker with her dilemma. The case manager helped her apply for food stamps, fuel assistance, a short-term fund to bring one of her utility bills up to date and referred her to the local food pantries and workforce development so she could find a new job.


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NewTV produces opioid prevention resources video

Click below to view the video.

https://newtv.org/newto-news/4839-opioid-addiction-resources


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