Public Health & Community Services

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Who We Are

The Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services (DPHCS) is the chief public health strategist for the Greater Nashua Public Health Region (GNPHR), and the first accredited health department in New Hampshire (NH). We provide a range of direct services and engage a variety of partners on strategic initiatives to ensure the health and well being of every member of our community.

Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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

Temporary Change to DPHCS Services

The City of Nashua Division of Public Health and Community Services will begin a phased re-opening of services starting on July 6, 2020. At this time, we will continue operating virtually and only select services will be made available in-person by appointment. We recommend to continue contacting us via phone or email. If you need to make an in-person appointment, please call the appropriate department number listed below.

Please note that if you make an appointment to receive a service at our building, you will be advised to call the appropriate staff member or department phone number upon arrival. Upon entrance into our building, you will be asked to complete our screening protocol. To ensure the health and safety of our staff and clients, if you have a fever or answer yes to any of our screening questions, you will be asked to arrange for a COVID-19 test, quarantine, and return at a later date. While you are in our building, our staff will be practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings, and practicing proper hand hygiene. Our visitors will be asked to do the same. 

For more information, please click on the following departments.

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Latest COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. For the latest updates, regional response efforts, and resources to keep our community safe and healthy, visit our COVID-19 webpage.

Have a Healthy & Safe 4th of July

We encourage families to plan ahead to enjoy a safe and healthy Fourth of July! Hazards commonly associated with this holiday include extreme heat, fires, and injuries due to fireworks and outdoor cooking. This year, we also need to be cautious about the COVID-19 pandemic. As you enjoy celebrations this weekend, please keep in mind that COVID-19 is still spreading within our community. 

NH is currently in a downward trend in regards to cases, and the best way to continue this is by practicing public health recommendations. As you make the decision whether or not to go out this weekend, please remember that we are all safer at home. Learn more here.

Stay Safe During the Summer Heat!

Although heat-related deaths and illnesses are preventable, more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year. Take the following steps to stay cool, hydrated, and informed during the summer months.

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Stay Cool

  • Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library - remember to social distance, wash your hands and wear a face covering. 
  • Limit outdoor activity to when it’s coolest outdoors, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas.
  • Decrease exercise during the heat.
  • If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher. 
  • While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are at higher risk of getting a heat stroke or dying. When leaving your car, check to be sure everyone is out of the car. Do not overlook any children who have fallen asleep in the car.

Stay Hydrated

  • Drink plenty of fluids, regardless of how active or thirsty you are. Stay away from sugary or alcoholic drinks, these cause you to lose more body fluid. 
  • Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets, and leave the water in a shady area.

Stay Informed

  • Check your local news for extreme heat alerts and safety tips.
  • Learn the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses and how to treat them.
  • When working in the heat, monitor the condition of your co-workers and have someone do the same for you. 
  • Although anyone at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, infants, young children, older adults, people who are overweight, people who work outside, people who exercise outside, and people with underlying conditions or who take medications are at greater risk than others.

For more information and how to protect yourself, your family, and your community during extreme heat, visit our Seasonal Safety webpage.

2020 PhotoVoice Project Continues Virtually

The 2020 Greater Nashua PhotoVoice project will continue virtually and run from July 1 to July 31. Youth and families in the GNPHR are invited to share a photo and a short description highlighting what they are doing to keep their mind and body healthy during this difficult time. All photos will become the property of the City of Nashua and will be shared on our social media pages in the effort to inspire others to stay healthy too. We encourage all to have fun during the process, and tell your friends, too! Learn more and participate here.

Community Health Survey - Win a $25 Gift Card

As we work to complete our 2020 Greater Nashua Community Health Assessment (CHA), we want to hear from our community. We have created the following survey to gather data from the GNPHR to gauge people’s perception of health in their communities and to hear about people’s COVID-19 experiences. 

All of the data collected from this survey will be used in the 2020 Greater Nashua CHA that will be published in the fall on our Interactive Data Dashboard. We invite you to participate in the survey to help us identify areas to improve upon in the next three years. Completing the survey will qualify you to win a $25 gift card! Take the survey in English or SpanishTo learn more about our 2020 CHA, visit our CHA webpage.

Hepatitis A - Protect Yourself with Vaccination 

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. 

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.

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Take the Pledge to Go Prep!

Small actions can make a big difference during a disaster or emergency. Pledge to learn about simple activities you can do to help yourself, your household, and your community become more prepared. By taking the pledge to "GoPREP," you will receive information, tips, and resources provided by industry leaders to help you become more prepared. Every action you take will help increase your community’s resilience to disasters and emergencies! Visit our website for more information about how you can take action to prepare yourself, your household, and your community. 

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