Health & Human Services

Health & Human Services

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About Us

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 the 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 the 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 lifespan for Danbury residents. This division also provides services for tuberculosis control, sexually transmitted disease clinics, tick analysis, and childhood lead poisoning prevention.

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Our Accomplishments

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 the 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.

Community Health:

  • Successfully treated ~10% of the State of CT active tuberculosis cases and started treatment for 13% of the latent tuberculosis cases.
  • Continued to operate and manage Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic.
  • Awarded a 5-year grant of $125,000 from the State of Connecticut for tuberculosisprevention and treatment.

Housing:

  • Conducted 470 inspections. Addressed 75 housing related complaints. Ongoing proper remediation of overcrowding and impoverished living conditions to bring residences to code.

Environmental Health:

  • Implemented the private well, radon, and tick testing programs.
  • Begun instructing Certified Food Protection Manager and Food Protection Manager Courses.

Public Health Emergency Preparedness Goals:

  • Formed a relationship with Western Connecticut State University providing mentoring to graduating students.
  • Assisted in the relocation of over 85 hurricane evacuees and matched them with community services, such as permanent housing, Danbury Housing Authority, FEMA, and state agencies.
  • Hosted a flu clinic where over 100 residents were vaccinated to increase vaccination rates during the worst flu outbreak since 2009.
  • Completed the restructure of the Food Protection Program. Restructured the subsurface sewage to increase the available inspectors.
  • Initiated the 340B program to provide free and low-cost tuberculin medications.

Grants:

  • Increase community volunteer involvement.
  • Complete implementation of the of Emergency Medical Record within the Specialty Clinic. Complete recertification with the FDA for all Certified Food Inspectors. Increase the number of Certified Lead Inspectors.
  • Applied for 20 grants in the current fiscal year. Received a total of $384,984 in grant funding.
  • Assisted the environmental and epidemiological investigations during the Norovirus outbreak at Western Connecticut State University. Coordinated water donations and distributed over 85,000 bottles of water with the Danbury Fire Department & Civil Air Patrol during the water main break.
  • Coordinated operations for the medical needs shelter for individuals and families without power after the May 15th severe storms took place.
  • Open a year-round travel immunization center.

Current Projects

  • 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.