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Local health departments help prevent the start and spread of outbreaks and disease. We:
· Keep food and physical environments safe. Restaurant food we eat, hotels we visit and daycares where our children play are all safer thanks to local health departments. We also minimize health hazards such as lead and water pollution.
· Help prevent the occurrence and spread of disease. Local health departments work with healthcare and community partners to prevent and target the cause of disease outbreaks, and then determine the appropriate response.
· Prepare for and respond to disasters and emergencies. Local health departments work with emergency management and other local officials to plan for and respond to natural disasters, novel disease outbreaks, and bioterrorism threats that can dramatically impact health.
Local health departments promote healthy communities. We assure a healthcare safety net and champion proven practices to foster better health for everyone. We know prevention works and access to health services cuts costs for everyone. We:
· Promote better health throughout the lifespan. We help young people stay well and develop into healthy adults. We offer education and services to help reduce chronic illness and complications. A healthy community leads to a more productive workforce, reduced healthcare costs, and a better quality of life.
· Provide screening and education on the following: Blood Pressure Testing with education on hypertension prevention and management; Blood Glucose and A1C Testing with education on diabetes prevention and management; Cholesterol Testing with education on Hypercholesterolemia prevention and management; Weight testing for those patients that wish to track their weight but may not have a scale at home; B12 shots for those who have their own prescription; Fall Risk Screenings using the CDC Steadi Program. The Public Health Nursing Services are working on expanding programs which will be announced soon.
Local health departments protect community health and economic vitality through public health policy and community partnerships. We:
· Uphold policies we know improve our community’s health. Regulating the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery systems and smoke-free places are examples of policies that have a major impact on the health of our children and neighbors. A healthy community has greater potential for positive economic growth.
· Continuously assess needs and improve capacity to promote better health. Whether assessing community health, implementing quality improvement efforts, or pursuing accreditation, local health departments maximize opportunities to improve public health practice and the public’s health.
All food inspection reports, public/semi-public pool inspection reports, all licenses, and all permits. For copies, please contact the Health Department.
Yes. Title 5 requires the inspection of the septic system or cesspool when a property changes hands. The Health Department has a list of private sector state certified inspectors. If you do have a problem with your system, the inspector is compelled by law to provide you with a list of local septic system installers (prepared by the Board of Health) who can assist you in fixing the problem. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call the Health Department.
The Health Department files hold plans called “as-built plan”. This plan shows the location of your septic system. As-built plans became mandatory in May 1990, but were still commonly done prior to that. If your home was built prior to 1972, it is unlikely that a plan exists due to a fire that destroyed the town hall.
If you are having problems with the living conditions in your apartment, a housing inspection can be done. The result is an order to correct any violations of the housing code. However, the occupant is equally responsible to properly care for the landlord’s property.
Housing inspections are limited to conditions that endanger or impair the health, safety or well being of the occupant. Aesthetic and cosmetic conditions are not applicable.
Household hazardous waste collection is held annually, usually in the Spring or early summer. Until then, there are numerous resources to assist you with understanding, handling and managing your household hazardous waste.
Additionally, check out the Mansfield Green webpage to see if any of your waste is accepted there: Mansfield Green Recycling Park & Compost Area | Mansfield, MA (mansfieldma.com)
Generally, household hazardous waste consists of:
A full list is available from the Health Department.