Public Health & Community Services
Who We Are
The Division of Public Health and Community Services is the public health entity for the City of Nashua. It is the first accredited Health Department in New Hampshire. All of the Departments within the Division offer services that directly impact the health, social, and economic well-being of the residents of the City of Nashua and the surrounding communities.
To promote, protect and preserve the health and well being of the Greater Nashua Region through leadership and community collaboration.
To have an informed, safe, healthy and resilient community where all people can thrive and prosper.
Newsflash - Stay updated on the latest announcements!
Hear our Division Director, Bobbie D. Bagley, speak about our leadership and collaboration efforts. Our goal is to have an informed community that is actively engaged in their health and the health of the community. Hear more here! Stay tuned for the complete Celebrate Nashua video....
Fight the Flu
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Flu season is here ...
Signs and Symptoms
Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. Flu is different from a cold. Flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have flu often feel some or all of these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue, sometimes diarrhea and vomiting.*It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.
How it Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes.You may be able to pass on flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. People with flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins.
Helping to Stop the Spread of Germs
Stay away from people who are sick (and stay home if you're the sick one), cover your cough and sneeze, frequently wash your hands, disinfect surfaces throughout your home and work space.
Most importantly ... GET YOUR FLU SHOT!! EVERY YEAR!!
December Awareness Activities
National Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Toys are a fun and important part of every child's development. But each year, many kids are treated in hospital emergency departments for toy-related injuries. Before you make these purchases, it is critical to remember to consider the safety and age range of the toys.
- Make sure to inspect the toys before you buy them. Try to avoid toys with sharp edges, lots of little parts, or parts that can be easily pulled off. (Especially if it’s for a baby or toddler)
- Make sure the age and skill level marked on the toy matches the age and skill level of the child you’re buying for.
- Label check! Toys should have a label for ATSM (American Society for Testing and Materials) that proves it’s up to standard. ATSM testing is more important than many people realize.
- Do not give toys with ropes, cords, or that can heat up, and avoid crayons and markers unless they are labeled nontoxic.
- Keep kids safe from lead in toys by educating yourself about lead exposure from toys, symptoms of lead poisoning, and what kinds of toys have been recalled; being aware that old toys may be more likely to contain lead in the paint; having your children wash their hands frequently and calling your doctor if you suspect your child has been exposed to lead.
Once gifts are open:
- Immediately discard plastic wrapping or other toy packaging before the wrapping and packaging become dangerous play things.
- Keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.
- Battery charging should be supervised by adults. Chargers and adapters can pose thermal burn hazards to young children. Pay attention to instructions and warnings on battery chargers. Some chargers lack any mechanism to prevent overcharging.
Universal Human Rights Month
One of the most important things you can do throughout the course of this month – and even beyond – is to find common ground with the people around you. We must remember that all human beings were born into the same world we were and that, despite our differences, we must learn to function here together. Human Rights Month is about acknowledging that people of different races, religions, cultures, and beliefs are still just that: people.
Take the time to learn about another culture that is different from yours – perhaps a culture that makes you nervous or uneasy. Research their history or perhaps make a new friend that is a member of that culture. You’ll start to see quickly how similar all people really are. You’ll start to see just how important it is that everyone be treated with dignity and respect. Let's stand up for equality, justice and human dignity. Remember - Human rights are relevant to all of us, every day.
Food Service Safety Month
Food Service Safety Month is observed in December, and while it focuses on keeping food prepared in the service industry safe, it also serves to remind us at home to ensure we are doing the right things to make sure what we eat stays free of risks. From proper food preparation when cooking at home, to going out to eat at a public place, keeping yourself aware about food safety precautions can help you avoid the mishaps of food poisoning, unsafe hygienic practices, and overall food quality. With upcoming feasts for the holidays, it’s time to stay updated on your food safety efforts.
For more information regarding food safety visit https://www.foodsafety.gov/
National Influenza Vaccination Week
It's that time of year again — flu season. As family and friends are gathering for the holidays, flu activity is increasing. Get a flu vaccine now if you have not gotten vaccinated yet this season. December 2-8, 2018, is this year’s National Influenza Vaccination Week (or NIVW). NIVW highlights the importance of continuing flu vaccination through the holiday season and beyond. NIVW serves as a reminder that even though the holiday season has arrived, it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine. As long as flu viruses are spreading and causing illness, vaccination should continue throughout the flu season in order to protect as many people as possible against flu. Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every season.
Are you looking for more health resources in NH?
Call NH 2-1-1
Are you experiencing homelessness?
If somebody is experiencing homelessness and needs assistance, please refer them to the Coordinated Entry Line for the Greater Nashua Continuum of Care at 844-800-9911. For other services, refer them to 211 (by telephone) or on the web at www.211nh.org.
During extreme heat and cold look for information on warming/cooling centers, staying safe during emergencies, and more:
Community Services Department
The Community Services Department encompasses cross-departmental projects and provides regional public health services.
Within this department are the following programs/projects:
- Community Health Assessment (CHA)
- Community Health Improvement Program (CHIP)
- Health Data and Epidemiology
- Health Education
- Healthy Homes
- Public Health Accreditation
- Public Health Advisory Council
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness
- Strategic Planning (PDF)
- Substance Misuse
Community Health Department
The Community Health Department provides services that protect the public's health by ensuring that individuals are tested, treated or provided vaccinations that protect the entire community from communicable disease.
Environmental Health Department
The Environmental Health Department protects the health of the public by defining, eliminating, controlling and managing environmental hazards. This is accomplished through the enforcement of laws and ordinances that protect the public from harmful environmental factors, often in collaboration with other City or State partners.
The Welfare Department provides interim emergency assistance for income eligible residents. Assistance is available with rent, food, utilities and medications.