Health & Human Services
The Danbury Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to fostering a healthy community environment. We are committed to addressing public health issues through exemplary health programs, advocating for housing and social services, and delivering a wide range of services in a cost-effective and comprehensive manner. Our department works diligently each day to safeguard and enhance public health in countless ways, from routine restaurant inspections to the monitoring of infectious diseases. The central mission of our department is to act as a catalyst, inspiring community-driven actions to effectively and appropriately tackle public health challenges that may pose a threat to our community's well-being and hinder our ability to address these concerns.
Our commitment is to achieve the 10 Essential Public Health Services by enhancing the health, well-being, and quality of life of every Danbury resident. As the City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services, we are devoted to delivering comprehensive and easily accessible programs and services. Our mission is to safeguard public health, prevent diseases, fortify families, and enrich the social fabric of our community. We pledge to nurture a culture of compassion, inclusivity, and equity, ensuring that each individual has the chance to flourish.
The City of Danbury Department of Health and Human Services strives to be a paragon of excellence in the delivery of public health and human services. Our goal is to establish a community where every resident has access to vital resources, attains optimal health, and feels a profound sense of belonging. By fostering innovation, encouraging collaboration, and actively engaging with the community, we strive to confront emerging challenges, diminish health disparities, and empower individuals and families to lead wholesome and fulfilling lives. Our department foresees a future where Danbury stands out as a city celebrated for its robust, resilient, and compassionate community, where the well-being of each resident is a collective priority.
Environmental Health Online Services
The Danbury Health Department is now using the Viewpoint Cloud Portal to provide the following services:
- CAO Certificate of Apartment Occupancy
- Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form
- Soil Testing Appointment Request
- Well Water Analysis Request https://danburyct-health.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1091/record-types/6586
- Hotel License Application
- Pool License Application
- Food Service Establishment License Application
- Seasonal Food Service License
- Temporary Event Application
- Grease Disposal Application Permit
- Septage Disposal Application Permit
We want to better communicate with you! Fill out the Business Contact Form. https://danburyct-health.viewpointcloud.com/categories/1091/record-types/6575
Major Objectives 2023 to 2024
- Implement a more precise and cost-effective vaccination program using our Rapid Community Assessment
- Expand CERT training to obtain more community volunteers
- Reestablish a formal Social/Human Services Division
- Stand up a permanent Lead Investigation Team
- Cross-train staff to assist with septic installations and plan reviews
The Department of Health and Human Services Community Health Division is responsible for the investigation of infectious diseases within the City of Danbury. We provide a variety of preventive health programs whose goals are to increase a healthy life span for Danbury residents. Our programs include partnerships with public departments and physicians. Over the last year, we have focused on COVID-19 Pandemic response.
Our Accomplishments 2022 to 2023
- Conducted a Rapid Community Assessment (RCA) in collaboration with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) to understand the barriers that prevent children ages 2-5 from being up-to-date with their routine childhood immunizations;
- Hired a full-time Public Health Educator;
- Administered over 1,500 flu vaccines at various clinic sites across the city during the fall/winter season of 2022 - 2023;
- Distributed 217 routine childhood immunizations during the 2022 - 2023 school year to ensure children are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases;
- Four staff members attended Seizure Recognition and First Aid Certification training;
- Hosted a National Public Health Week Fair, in which 17 additional community organizations participated, and provided health-related information, services, and medical screenings for free;
- Two staff members attended the CT Suicide Advisory Board Annual Meeting;
- Developed and recorded 5 radio advertisements to inform the public about infectious diseases.
- One staff member attended the Wastewater Surveillance Workshop at the US EPA’s New England Regional Laboratory in Chelmsford, MA;
- Created several infection control and prevention public health announcements that were aired on local radio stations.
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The City of Danbury's Environmental Health Division strives to take preventive measures to ensure the safety of its residents. Our goal is to prevent illness, disability, injury, and death from interactions between residents and the environment. Our qualified team conducts health inspections, investigates and resolves complaints regarding hazardous conditions, and educates residents to take precautions to ensure a healthy environment. The Department of Health and Human Services is in partnership with state and federal agencies and is responsible for the enforcement of the state public health codes, state statutes and regulations, and local health ordinances.
Our Accomplishments 2022 to 2023
- Hired 3 full-time public health inspectors, and 3 part-time health inspectors;
- Five members of the team attended the Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor Refresher;
- One staff member became a Certified Lead Inspectors/Risk Assessor;
- Five staff members attended the 2023 Lead Code Enforcement Seminar;
- Members of the team have attended multiple trainings for the transition to the FDA Food Code;
- Residents had the ability to test their well water for free during the month of June;
- Three members of the team attended wetlands training;
- Two members of the team attended The Complexity of Animal Hoarding Seminar;
- Distributed tick-borne illness prevention materials to the public.
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The Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Preparedness Division is continually building preparedness capabilities to deal with emergency situations. We have a well-organized group of staff members and a strong volunteer force that continues to review emergency response plans for the safety of our community. Our team works with other municipal agencies that include the Police Department, Fire Department, and other authorities to carry out response plans in the event of an emergency. The Division serves as an educational resource for personal and community preparedness.
Our Accomplishments 2022 to 2023
- Organized two 20-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) courses to certify a total of 29 individuals;
- Oversaw all operations and functions of a Point of Distribution exercise, where approximately 300 individuals received their annual flu vaccine;
- Coordinated with Danbury Public Schools to develop an Emergency Preparedness curriculum;
- Participated in the American Red Cross’ Battle of the Badges Blood Drive in conjunction with Danbury Emergency Management, Danbury Fire Department, & Danbury Police Department;
- Two members of the team attended the 2023 CT Emergency Management Symposium;
- Distributed over 8,000 COVID-19 home test kits to residents and community agencies.
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- CT DPH Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity I Grant - $510,143.00
- CT DPH Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity II Grant - $511.890.15
- CT DPH Per Capita Fiscal Year 2023 Grant - $167,808.10
- CT DPH Per Capita Fiscal Year 2024 Grant - $167,444.87
- CT DPH Immunization and Vaccines for Children Grant - $280,714.00
- CT DPH Workforce Development and Infrastructure Grant - $310,048.69
- CT DOH Emergency Shelter Grant - $75,788.00
Kara Prunty, MPA, MPHDirector of Health and Human ServicesPhone: 203-797-4625, ext 7365
Fernanda Carvalho, MPHAssociate Director of Community HealthPhone: 203-797-4625, ext. 7356
Tiziana Covacci, RSAssociate Director of Environmental HealthPhone: 203-797-4625, ext. 7362