Health


WHAT WE DO

At the Health Department we work on several fronts:

  • FOOD-BORNE ILLNESS
    • Inspect restaurant and retail food establishments to prevent food-borne illness.
    • Work with state agencies if there are national food-borne illness outbreaks.
    • Follow up with the state, local business, and affected people.
    • Ensure sellers of fish are using proper suppliers.
    • Ensure that high-risk populations are protected from foods that are considered dangerous. 
  • HOME INSPECTIONS
    • Ensure septic systems are properly assessed, working with local agencies such as the DPW for safe sewer and water supplies.
    • Check public bathing areas for water safety and close sites when necessary.
    • Provide education on and prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses through our work with the Western Massachusetts Mosquito Coalition.
  • RISKY BEHAVIORS
    • Work to prevent illness, injury, and premature death by educating citizens about the dangers of risky behavior.
    • Work with the Western Massachusetts Tobacco Coalition to ensure that flavored tobaccos and vapes are not sold and that tobacco and vapes are not sold to minors.
    • Distribute Narcan to assist those who can help people who might overdose.
    • Educate about sexually transmitted diseases and and their prevention.
  • FAMILY SERVICES
    • Educate on healthy starts for babies and children and support vulnerable populations.
    • Provide new mother baby groups.
    • Hold vaccine clinics for flu and COVID.
    • Assist uninsured citizens with getting other vaccines.
    • Provide menstrual supplies for teens who cannot afford them and work with schools on menstrual equity.
    • Help the unhoused by providing emergency assistance.
    • Help seniors in need by referring them to social service agencies.
  • EMERGENCY RESPONSE
    • Prepare for and respond to natural disasters.
    • Work with state agencies and Greenfield's Director of Emergency Management in response to disasters that could affect public health.
The Health Department prioritizes equity in all that we do, and we collect anonymous data to support applying for additional resources. 

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