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.”
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.
Misuse of prescription drugs is a common way for teens and adults to start down the road of addiction. The most typical place young people get access to prescription drugs is their home medicine cabinet. A few simple steps can have a significant impact on limiting unsafe access to these powerful drugs.
Site Update and Draft Scope of Work for Phase II Comprehensive Site Assessment 459-471 Watertown St/320-330 Nevada St., Newton MA
As community members, family members, colleagues in a workplace, we often find ourselves engaging with people and learning about their well-being – and sometimes what we learn makes us worry. For those people not professionally trained in psychology fields, what to do with those worries can be unclear.
On the evening of Monday, May 7, in Newtonville, three mental health experts will talk about emotional well-being -- what’s expected, what’s not, and when to worry during the spring Newton Cares program – Never Worry Alone. The program will address markers of emotional well-being across the lifespan from young children through seniors.
Chapelbridge Park Associates will convene a public meeting at Newton City Hall on Wednesday April 25 at 6:30 pm to present a draft Public Involvement Plan (PIP). The PIP will establish how interested parties are to be informed and can provide input on the investigation and potential remedial actions for the 80-90 Bridge Street Site in Newton. A draft PIP and background information for the Site will be provided at the meeting, which starts a 20-day public comment period for this document. Investigation at the 80-90 Bridge Street Site is being performed in accordance with the Massachusetts Contingency Plan, 310 CMR 40.0000.
On Monday, May 7th, please join Newton Cares at our spring event, ‘Never Worry Alone’. Come listen to a panel of local mental health experts discuss the issues and challenges that can arise for our loved ones at any time across the lifespan. The emphasis will be placed on recognizing when and how to get help. Resource tables staffed by local mental health organizations will share information with attendees.
RSVP (requested, not required): surveymonkey.com/r/NeverWorryAlone
Join the Health and Human Services Department on Sat. April 28th from 10-11:30am in the City Hall War Memorial Auditorium for a presentation by experts Bec Belofsky Shuer and Lee Shuer of Mutual Support Consulting. The presentation will include personal insights and tools to help people create a less cluttered life. RSVP (requested, not required: www.surveymonkey.com/r/thestuff)
If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from seasonal allergies, the start of spring is a mix of excitement about warmer weather, and dread about the sneezing, itchy eyes, and runny nose to come. Here are some tips for managing seasonal allergies -- also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis -- so that you can better enjoy the beauty of spring.
Join us on April 10th at Newton South from 7-9pm, for a presentation by former New England Patriot Chris Sullivan and his wife Kathi. Listen as they share their own personal stories about addiction, mental health and making good choices. This talk is geared to parents and teens. RSVP is requested, not required at www.surveymonkey.com/r/sullivantalk . For more information visit www.newtonma.gov/newtonpath .
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.
Newton preschools are now enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. Click here to access our preschool page for a comprehensive guide to Newton preschools, financial aid information, and more!
The latest statewide flu report (Jan. 26, Massachusetts Department of Public Health) indicates flu activity is widespread in the state, which is not unexpected for this time of year. However, the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI), is higher than the past two flu seasons. ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide.
This edition of Newton Community Health News includes information about the flu, upcoming events and a great prevention program.
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Thursday, January 18, 5:00-7:30 p.m. at Newton North High School. Parents/guardians and teens: Mark your calendar for the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices Expo! Bring your middle or high school student for a night of healthy, educational fun.
This year, the Newton Health Department will present on e-cigarettes and the risk they pose to teens and their health. Did you know that, according to the 2016 Surgeon General's report, e-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900% among highschool students from 2011 to 2015? Join us at Just Think to learn more about the risks of e-cigarette use and how they impact you and your teens.
Attention all pharmacists: Please join us for “A Dose of Reality: The Pharmacists Role in Pain Management and Addiction,” on January 25th from 4:30-6:30pm in the Allen Riddle Building at Newton Wellesley Hospital for a discussion on the pharmacist’s role in pain management, preventing opioid addiction and ensuring safe opioid therapy.
Click below to view the video.
The Newton Human Rights Commission is delighted to announce that it has selected Dr. Janet E. Helms as the recipient of the 2017 Human Rights Award.
The Department of Environmental Protection will be hosting a public meeting on the status of the TCE contamination of groundwater in Nonantum on November 28th at 7pm at the Post 440 on California Street in Nonantum. All interested parties are invited to attend.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to address community concerns related to vapor intrusion in the Nonantum area of Newton voiced at the public meeting this past April.
Newton Youth Services invites you to join Dan Levine and Melissa Wilsonof Engaging Minds, an after school learning center with locations in Newton andWayland, for a workshop designed specifically for parents and students together. In this workshop participants will learn strategies to help your student better manage their nightly homework, planning and time management strategies for both short-term and long-term assignments – and for life, strategies to help your student get “unstuck” when they have trouble initiating tasks, organizational strategies to help your student keep track of their papers, assignments, and belongings, and more! This workshop is free and open to the public.
Do you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old next fall? It’s time to start thinking about preschool. On October 28th, Newton’s Health and Human Services Department will be hosting a preschool fair from 10 AM – 12 PM at Newton South High School in the cafeteria. Come learn about preschool options in the community and ask questions all in one place.
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Please join Mayor Warren and Police Chief MacDonald On Friday, Oct. 13 for Newton’s 2nd Annual Badges and Ball. Promoting positive community engagement with Newton’s teens, public safety, and law enforcement, we invite you to join us for an afternoon of basketball and tennis games, free food donated by local businesses, performances by local teen bands and dancers, lawn games, touch-a-truck, and so much more!
It’s that time of year again - the air is crisp, the leaves are beginning to change, and you are being bombarded with messages to get your flu shot. With so much information, how can you tell fact from fiction? The City of Newton Health & Human Services (HHS) Department put together this guide to help! For questions and more information, call us at (617) 796-1420 or visit our website at www.newtonma.gov/flu.
As fall kicks off, we invite you to engage with Newton HHS and its numerous programs and services that support the department’s mission 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. Read on to find out how.
Summer is here! And we’re offering 10 tips for a healthy summer to keep you safe from ticks, mosquitoes, sunburn and more.
Race and racism are complicated subjects. Newton has recently needed to face some of that complexity as we grappled with community meetings on diversity boiling over with tension and emotion, racist incidents at our schools, questions about a sanctuary city status and more. Our high schools are microcosms of our larger community in many ways and issues of race are as complex for our young people as they are for adults.
Twelve Newton students of color recently shared their experiences of race and racism as part of “The Monologue Project: Voices of Color.” Their captivating stories were captured on video during an evening theater performance held earlier this month, and also preserved in a book. Both are now available on the Newton Youth Services website.
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:
The City of Newton Health and Human Services (Newton HHS) Department is looking for engaged community members to assist in developing and implementing a new community outreach program. We are recruiting volunteers to help us create a cohort of HHS ambassadors who will be trained to promote dialogue and provide information to residents and leaders throughout the community with the goal of increasing knowledge of the resources and opportunities available through the department.
We’re your local public health department -- we do prevention in many ways through programs and education. We’re introducing new ways to stay in touch -- including this occasional column (published here and in the Newton Tab), a presence on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and a regular HHS e-newsletter. To sign up, visit www.newtonma.gov/health We’ll keep you updated on everything from the latest restaurant inspection grades, tick and mosquito disease prevention, mental health programs and more. Be social with us!
The Dana Farber Cancer Institute/ Brigham and Women’s Hospital Blood Mobile will be at Newton City Hall (1000 Commonwealth Ave.) in the War Memorial Circle for a blood drive.
Appointments: tinyurl.com/NewtonJune2017 (appointments are recommended, walk-ins will be taken as time allows).
Questions about eligibility, please email: bloodDonor@partners.org or call 617-632-3206.
*All blood collected benefits patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. PHOTO ID REQUIRED FOR NEW DONORS
Join us for an important community conversation regarding the trending Netflix series '13 Reasons Why' and how to engage people of all ages in safe, positive discussions regarding suicide prevention & mental health.
Wednesday, May 24th
City Hall War Memorial
This event is intended for adults, especially: Parents, caregivers, educators, coaches, youth mentors, group leaders and any adult who cares about young people.
To RSVP (requested, not required), please click here.
Join Mayor Setti D. Warren for a flag raising in honor of Pride Month with guest of honor Bob Parlin. The event will be held on the south lawn of Newton City Hall on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 6:00-7:00pm. Sponsored by the Newton Human Rights Commission.
Monday, April 3rd, 6:00-8:30pm
Druker Auditorium, Newton Free Library, 330 Homer St
Join the Newton Medical Reserve Corps for a free & fun National Public Health Week event open to all! We’re showing Contagion, followed by a brief discussion about the movie and public health led by Dr. Dori Zaleznik, infectious diseases specialist and former Newton HHS Commissioner.
Community meeting hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP): All are welcome to hear an update from DEP and a status report from Northrop Grumman regarding the Nonantum Trichloroethylene (TCE) groundwater investigation.
April 12th at 6:30 pm at the American Legion Post 440, 295 California St.
Join us April 25 for a judgment-free conversation among teens and adults about the risks and realities of drug and alcohol use. All are welcome in the Newton South Cafeteria from 7 to 9 p.m. For more information, call the Health and Human Services Department at 617-796-1420.
Save the date for a fun, free EXPO at Newton North High School!
Monday, January 23, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Teens and adults are invited to the Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo for participative, informative exhibits; live music; free refreshments; and fun.
Reports of influenza cases are increasing, as expected for this time of year. And so far, the main type of flu that's making people sick this season is in the vaccine. If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet this year, it's not too late! Call the public health nurse at 617-796-1420 to choose a time to stop by City Hall for your shot.
Join us at the West Suburban YMCA for a FREE OPEN HOUSE filled with classes, programs, and activities geared towards older adults in Newton!
Please join District Attorney Marian Ryan for a presentation about the Opioid Crisis and File of Life for Seniors in Middlesex County on Tuesday, May 17 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham St., West Newton.
Experts Susan Swick and Nicole Danforth of Newton-Wellesley Hospital will discuss:
Teens and parents invited to attend
Wednesday, May 4th, 6pm, Newton South Auditorium
Its time to renew your 2016 Summer Camp Application! Click on the link to access the 2016 Application.