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Prevent, Promote & Protect

The mission of the Needham Public Health Division since 1877 has been to prevent
and control the spread of disease, to address environmental issues, to promote
healthy lifestyles, and protect the public health and social well-being of all citizens,
especially the most vulnerable.

Center at the Heights Mindfulness Group. Click here for more details

Notice of Public Hearings - Friday, March 10, 2017 7:00 - 8:50 AM
500 Dedham Avenue, Needham - Charles River Room

At an open meeting and a public hearing on March 10, 2017, the Board
of Health of the Town of Needham, County of Norfolk, Massachusetts,
acting under the authority of Chapter 111, Section 31 of Massachusetts
General Laws shall consider regulations.
The purpose of these regulations is to:

Revise Article 1: "Regulation Affecting Smoking and the Sale and Distribution
of Tobacco Products in Needham" to rescind labeling provision and to
consider possible lessening of penalties for non-compliance as well as a
longer tolling period and other changes to permit transfer processes
and outlet density. View proposed regulation

Consideration of Article 24: "Regulation to Ensure the Sanitary and
Safe Operations of Commercial and Recreational Marijuana
Establishments, and To Minimize Community Impacts and Collateral
Consequences of Widespread Recreational Marijuana Use and Both
Commercial and Personal Marijuana Cultivation" to consider a number
of regulatory provisions that govern the operation of commercial and
recreational marijuana establishments in the Town of Needham
including inspectional standards and staff training procedures.
View proposed regulation

These regulations shall be considered in Needham in the interest of,
and for the preservation of, the public health.  This summary shall
serve as notice to all.

Comments will be accepted at the public hearing, and will also be accepted through Monday, March 6th in writing via electronic or postal mail. Please send comments to or to Public Health Department, 1471 Highland Avenue, Needham, MA 02492. Both regulations are available for interested parties to
review on the Public Health Department’s website at

Press Release:  NEEDHAM, MA – (September 7, 2016) The Town of Needham’s
Health and Human Services Department, specifically the Divisions of Council on
Aging (COA) and Public Health, published the results of a town-wide survey to
assess the barriers to senior-friendly housing and transit. The report is the part
of a grant the Town received
from the Massachusetts Association of Health
Boards for Healthy Aging through Healthy Community Design.
  Read full report
Click here to view the technical report on the Needham Senior Survey.

Dumpster Maintenance Requirements
During the hot and humid summer weather, keeping up with dumpster
requirements is more important than ever! Overfilled dumpsters with
open covers and odors are common summertime public health nuisance

Please take a moment to review with your staff the following reminders
to keep your dumpster clean and maintained:

Click here to view the All Dumpster Maintenance Requirements
Stop Addiction

For information, support and resources for Opioid Addiction, please visit:

Learn2cope and MA General ARMS (Addiction Recovery
Management Service) have additional information
on support groups, resources and other links:

MA General ARMS:         

Draft Concussion Regulation:

Extreme Cold Weather Preparedness Tips

Preventing West Nile Virus and Other Mosquito Borne Illness

For more information, contact Norfolk County Mosquito Control

Important Links
Timothy McDonald
Director of Public Health

Inquiry To Health Dept.

Town Hall
1471 Highland Ave. 
Needham, MA  02492

Ph: 781-455-7500 Ext. 511
Fx: 781-455-0892

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.