Effective July 5, 2016, the West Haven Health Department will begin new hours for all business related to permits and licenses. Anyone wishing to complete an application or conduct any type of business related to licenses or permits must do so weekdays from 8-10 a.m.
The Health Department, required by the Public Health Code and Connecticut General Statutes with the “preservation of health and safety,” is concerned with:
Environmental health, health promotion and education of communicable diseases.
Surveillance and prevention.
Screening and immunization.
The role of public health is to prevent illness and promote health, a goal that all of us would want as much as we value fire or police protection. It is just common sense that keeping people healthy is preferable to having to cure them after they get sick. Most of our work is behind the scenes: inspecting restaurants, testing the bathing waters at public beaches and pools, following up on infectious diseases to prevent their spread, promoting and offering timely immunizations, monitoring and prevention of lead poisoning, inspecting day care centers and schools, and a wide variety of other efforts to limit or prevent disease.
In environmental health, the department addressed the West Nile virus problem by contracting to have a mosquito reduction program administered throughout the city. The department monitors and follows up reportable diseases as required by the state Department of Health Services to protect the public from the spread of communicable diseases through contacts at restaurants or day care centers.
In health promotion and education, the department works with the Visiting Nurse Association, a Well-Child Conference that cares for children and offers health physicals for older children and immunized children at the City Hall clinic. The department worked with the Hill Health Center to provide food assistance to families with pregnant women and/or children up to age 5 through the nutrition-based Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Food Program.
The department’s public health nurse conducted a series of preventive and clinical programs:
A free semimonthly Childhood Immunization Clinic.
A free Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic with a confidential hotline: 203-932-4000.
Testing and screening programs for blood pressure, cholesterol, tuberculosis, diabetes and cardiovascular health.
Health Department Sanitarians
Test the water at public pools and beaches.
Inspect restaurant and food service facilities.
Inspect and approve septic system and well permits.