Public Health & Community Services

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 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.


Our Mission

To promote, protect and preserve the health and well being of the Greater Nashua Region   through leadership and community collaboration.  

Our Vision

To have an informed, safe, healthy and resilient community where all people can thrive and prosper.  

Newsflash - Stay updated on the latest announcements! 

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus identified in Nashua

The City of Nashua Environmental Health Department continues to use surveillance efforts to trap and test mosquitos on a weekly basis. At this time, West Nile Virus has been detected in mosquitoes collected at one Nashua location. There were not any other mosquito-borne diseases of concern identified.  There are no human or animal cases to date in the Greater Nashua Region. Nashua will continue these proactive efforts through the end of arboviral surveillance season (October 15th).

Transmission of West Nile Virus occurs through mosquito bites. Preventing mosquito bites and reducing mosquito populations by mosquito control methods are important in reducing the transmission. The Greater Nashua Region is currently at low risk, but we encourage residents and visitors to take personal precautions. 

1.    Use an effective, EPA registered mosquito repellant that contains 30% DEET. Repellents with picaridin, IR3535 and some oil of lemon eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products also provide protection against mosquito bites. 

2.    At dawn and dusk wear long sleeves and pants when mosquitoes are most active.

3.    Remove standing water from around your home to prevent mosquito breeding. 

DHHS Press Release 

Bobbie D. Bagley and Heidi E. Peek-Kukulka to participate in The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative

We are pleased to announce that Bobbie D. Bagley, Director and Heidi E. Peek-Kukulka, Health Officer of Division of Public Health and Community Services will work to transform the role of public health in the City of Nashua as part of the third cohort of The Kresge Foundation’s Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative.

Read the press release here

September Awareness Activities 

Suicide Prevention Awareness Month #BeThe1To

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#BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention, to actions that can promote healing, help and give hope. 

Ask: Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and talking about suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.

Keep Them Safe: A number of studies have indicated that when lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates by that method decline, and frequently suicide rates overall decline.

Be There: Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful by after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.

Help Them Stay Connected: Helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.

Follow Up: Studies have also shown that brief, low cost intervention and supportive, ongoing contact may be an important part of suicide prevention, especially for individuals after they have been discharged from hospitals or care services.

Recovery Month

National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life.The observance reinforces the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover.The 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. Join the voices! 


Food Safety and Education Month 

This year's theme focuses on The Culture of Food Safety. As a focal point within the restaurant industry, food safety is now synonymous with an operation's reputation. Check out the four weeks! For more information visit ServSafe

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National Emergency Preparedness Month

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Syringe Services Alliance of the Nashua 

DPHCS, along with community partners, is very excited to start this valuable initiative in the Nashua Region. A Syringe Services Program (SSP) is a community-based public health program that provides comprehensive harm reduction services.

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Find More Information on Syringe Services

Announcements / Resources 

West Nile Virus and EEE Fact Sheets 

Lyme Disease Fact Sheet 

Skin Cancer Prevention Handbook

Healthy People 2020

Want to know more about health disparities? The Office of Disease and Prevention and Health Promotion created an easy way to find health disparities data related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives for the Leading Health Indicators (LHIs). LHIs are critical health issues that when addressed will help reduce the leading causes of death and preventable illnesses. The widget provides charts and graphs of disparities data at your fingertips.

Click the image below and use the widget to browse data by: 

•Disparity type—including disability, education, income, location, race and ethnicity, and sex)
•Leading Health Indicator


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Division Departments

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 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.

Welfare Department

The Welfare Department provides interim emergency assistance for income eligible residents. Assistance is available with rent, food, utilities and medications.

Services provided at the Division of Public Health and Community Services are provided regardless of race, age, gender identification, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation.