The Danbury Department of Health and Human Services is committed to providing a healthy environment for our community. We serve to address public health concerns with model health programs, housing & social services advocacy and other services in a cost-effective and comprehensive manner. The department works daily to protect and improve the public’s health in innumerable ways, ranging from the expected restaurant inspections, to tracking of communicable diseases. The primary function of our department is to serve as a catalyst to stimulate action from within the community to effectively and appropriately address public health concerns that may jeopardize our community’s health and limit our potential to address those concerns.
The Environmental Health section strives to take preventative measures in order to assure the safety of its residents. Our goal is to prevent illness, disability and injury or death from the interactions between residents and the environment. Our qualified team conducts health inspections, investigates and resolves complaints regarding hazardous health conditions.
The Community Health section is responsible for primary prevention of illness and the investigation of infectious diseases within the City of Danbury. We provide a wide variety of preventative health programs whose goals are to increase a healthy life span for Danbury residents. This division also provides services for tuberculosis control, sexual transmitted disease clinics, tick analysis and childhood lead poisoning prevention.
The Social Services section seeks to provide the community with access to municipal and community social services in an expeditious, cost effective and comprehensive manner. Efforts are focused on improving access to housing and emergency shelters; improving access to medical care and coverage and improving social conditions for residents via collaboration and advocacy at the local, state and federal level by identifying and working to create systems of resources that are inclusive of all residents/clients in need.
Accomplishments for 2016 – 2017 include:
- Established a tick analysis program.
- 500+ Restaurant inspections.
- Provided free private well analysis for up to 150 residents.
- Provided free cleaning kits to families with children that have elevated blood lead levels.
- Recognition of housing inspectors’ commitment to the residents of Danbury.
- 350+ medical and mental health referrals.
- Subsidizing private well water analysis for residents, to encourage regular testing of drinking water.
- Providing 500+ free smoke detectors to families during the course of housing inspections.
- Developing a Healthy Homes Program, to promote health and well-being through safe and healthy home
- Developing an Asthma Indoor Risk Strategy Program to reduce the number of school/work absences, emergency department visits, and urgent care visits to the primary care providers.
- Providing free Radon gas test kits to residents during National Radon Action Month in January.