Community Health

Community Health

Community Health Services

The Department of Health and Human Services Community Health Division is responsible for investigating 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.

Community Health Programs & Prevention

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the respiratory system by causing obstruction to one’s breathing from a variety of stimuli. Our goal is to reduce the morbidity and mortality rates of asthma and to improve the quality of life for residents living with asthma.

Our mission is to provide middle to older aged adults with disabilities and chronic disease education on self-management and lifestyle changes.

Influenza (the flu) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs caused by influenza viruses. There are many different influenza viruses that are constantly changing. Flu viruses cause illness, hospital stays and deaths in the United States each year. The flu can be very dangerous for children. Each year about 20,000 children younger than 5 years old are hospitalized from flu complications, like pneumonia.

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The Department of Health and Human Services provides investigations for infectious disease cases, referrals, health education, and control measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The State of Connecticut requires physicians and laboratories to report emergency illnesses, health conditions, and reportable diseases.

The Department of Health and Human Services Lead Poisoning program provides residents with children up to the age of 6 with lead screenings. We provide case management, physician referral, environmental investigations, and education for those who have a blood/lead level of 5 µg/dL.

Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases are a prevalent health concern in Connecticut. Lyme disease, left untreated for a long period of time, can become chronic. The Department of Health and Human Services offers tick testing to screen for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases for a fee of $5.00.

Tuberculosis is a potentially fatal disease transmitted through the air and is fully treatable and preventable. The disease particularly affects persons living in crowded conditions. The Department of Health and Human Services conducts surveillance for tuberculosis and latent tuberculosis infection, screening, treatment, and containment activities.