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!!
November Awareness Activities
American Diabetes Month
Diabetes is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects how your body turns food into energy. Most of the food you eat is broken down into sugar (also called glucose) and released into your bloodstream. Your pancreas makes a hormone called insulin, which acts like a key to let the blood sugar into your body’s cells for use as energy. If you have diabetes, your body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use the insulin it makes as well as it should.
Diabetes is one of the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. 30.3 million US adults have diabetes, and 1 in 4 of them don’t know they have it. 84 million adults in the United States are at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. We can use this month to raise awareness about diabetes risk factors and encourage people to make healthy changes.
National Healthy Skin Month
Your skin is your body's largest organ, so it's important to take good care of it. November is National Healthy Skin Month, however, learn how to keep your skin healthy all year-round by following these tips. To find a dermatologist visit: If you notice anything suspicious on your skin, or if you have a question about skin care, see a board-certified dermatologist.
Great American Smokeout (November 15th)
Nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and smoking remains the single largest preventable cause of death and illness in the world. Smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths every year, or about 1 in 5 deaths.
Quitting smoking isn’t easy. It takes time. And a plan. You don’t have to stop smoking in one day. Start with day one. Let the Great American Smokeout event on November 15 be your day to start your journey toward a smoke-free life. You’ll be joining thousands of smokers across the country in taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing your cancer risk. Plus, the American Cancer Society can help you access the resources and support you need to quit.
Holiday Cooking Safety - Spread Joy, Not Foodborne Illness
It’s that time of year again—Thanksgiving! I can already smell the turkey and pumpkin pie. For many cooks, Thanksgiving dinner is the largest meal they prepare. See these food safety tips to keep your kitchen in check. Send your guests home with leftovers, not illness.
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.