Health & Human Services

About Us

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.

Our Vision

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:  

Health Department - Viewpoint Cloud Portal

  1. CAO Certificate of Apartment Occupancy
  2. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request Form
  3. Soil Testing Appointment Request
  4. Well Water Analysis Request
  5. Hotel License Application
  6. Pool License Application
  7. Food Service Establishment License Application
  8. Seasonal Food Service License
  9. Temporary Event Application
  10. Grease Disposal Application Permit
  11. Septage Disposal Application Permit

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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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