Public Health & Community Services
Who We AreThe 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 MissionTo promote, protect and preserve the health and well-being of the Greater Nashua Region through leadership and community collaboration.
Our VisionTo have an informed, safe, healthy and resilient community where all people can thrive and prosper
May Awareness Activities
Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) declares May to be . It's a peak season for those with asthma and allergies. National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
Asthma affects almost 25 million Americans. It is a chronic disease that causes your airways to become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. There is no cure for asthma. The best way to manage asthma is to avoid triggers, take medications to prevent symptoms and prepare to treat asthma episodes if they occur.
Asthma symptoms can appear when you are exposed to a trigger. A trigger is something you are sensitive to that makes your airways become inflamed. This causes swelling, mucous production and narrowing in your airways. Common asthma triggers are pollen, chemicals, extreme weather changes, smoke, dust mites, stress and exercise.
Allergies are one of the most common chronic diseases. An allergy occurs when the body’s immune system sees a substance as harmful and overreacts to it. The substances that cause allergic reactions are allergens. When someone has allergies, their immune system makes an antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies respond to allergens. The symptoms that result are an allergic reaction.Common allergends include: Drug (medicine), food. insects that sting (bee, wasp, fire ant); bite (mosquito, tick); or are household pests (cockroach and dust mite), latex, mold, pet (dog or cat urine, saliva and dander), pollen, and more.
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
May is National Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month. This month is dedicated to increasing public awareness of the importance of skin cancer prevention, early detection, and treatment, including basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 3.5 million skin cancers in over two million people are diagnosed annually.
Syringe Services Alliance of the Nashua Area Begins!
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.
Announcements / Resources
West Nile Virus and EEE Fact Sheets
Carbon Monoxide Safety
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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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.