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

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 Monthasthma banner


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.

Don’t let allergies interfere with your day-to-day activities at home, work or school.  You can live a normal life despite having allergies. See your allergist for treatment and guidance. Take steps to avoid your allergens. Keep medicine with you at all times so you can treat an allergic reaction.

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.

skin cancer awareness month maySince UV exposure increases your risk for all skin cancers, it's helpful to put something between the sun and your skin. Choose what works best for you. For some, that's a roof! But even those of us who worry about skin cancer professionally still enjoy being outdoors.

The Skin Cancer Foundation has always recommended using a sunscreen with an SPF 15 or higher as one important part of a complete sun protection regimen. Sunscreen alone is not enough, however. Most skin cancers are preventable. To protect yourself, follow these skin cancer prevention tips

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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. 

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Announcements / Resources 

West Nile Virus and EEE Fact Sheets 

Lyme Disease Fact Sheet 

Carbon Monoxide Safety 

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.