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 Monday-Friday, 8:30-10:30 a.m., and Tuesday-Friday, 4-5 p.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.