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.  

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Hepatitis A on the Rise - Protect Yourself with Vaccination 

hepatitis A awarenessHepatitis A is on the rise in NH and Mass. We are encouraging folks to get vaccinated for Hepatitis A. Hepatitis A infection is a vaccine-preventable viral infection that infects the liver.  Hepatitis A virus (HAV) is contagious and is transmitted when a person unknowingly ingests the virus from objects, food or drinks contaminated by small, undetected amounts of stool from an infected person. 

Fast Facts about Hepatitis A 

  • Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-colored bowel movements, joint pain, and jaundice. The infection causes inflammation of the liver (hepatitis), and severe infections can result in liver failure and even death.
  • Illness from HAV is often acute and self-limited; however, when this disease affects populations with already poor health or other chronic medical conditions (e.g., hepatitis B and C infections, chronic liver disease), the infection can lead to hospitalization and death.
  • Since 2016, there have been large multi-state outbreaks of HAV infection in people who are homeless, people with substance use disorders, and incarcerated populations.
  • Of the more than 1,900 reports for which risk factors are known, more than 1,300 (68%) of the infected persons report drug use (injection and non-injection), homelessness, or both.
  • Person-to-person transmission of HAV between persons who report drug use and/or homelessness could result from close contact, contaminated needles and other drug paraphernalia, sexual contact and practices, or from generally poor sanitary conditions.

We encourage Hepatitis A vaccines and are offering them at our Walk-In Clinic. Visit us: 

  • Tuesdays 4-7 PM
  • Thursdays 3-6 PM
  • Fridays 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Topic of the Month
Clinics
Emergency Preparedness
Food Licensing
Substance Misuse
Syringe Service Alliance of the Nashua Area
Temporary Emergency Assistance Welfare Department
Tickborne Illnesses
Vaccines

Are you looking for more health resources in NH? 
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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:
Web: Nashuanh.gov/emergency
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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.