Public Health


The most update to date information regarding Covid-19 and the Town of Needham can be found here. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information 

Detailed vaccine information can be found in the State Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Report where residents can track information on vaccines shipped and administered. Complete vaccine information and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are available on the Massachusetts COVID-19 vaccine webpages.

Needham Public Health has also created a FAQ page to help answer your questions.

Health Matters Article – Holiday Meal Safety Measures During the Pandemic

Blood Pressure Clinics: Needham Public Health will conduct blood pressure checks by appointment only on Wednesday mornings, 8-10am.  Call to make your appointment: 781.455.7940 ext 217.  


UPDATE 10/9/2020: The Needham Board of Health has extended the  Emergency Face Covering/Mask Order requiring individuals to wear face coverings when entering any business, work site, government building, restaurant for take-out/dining, entering a residential or commercial building complex in common areas through January  2021. 


The Public Health Division will continue to provide several its services virtually but will gradually re-introduce in-person services by appointment only beginning on June 1, 2020.

  • Inspections will continue, and appointments for plan reviews and consultations will continue via phone conference or Zoom unless an in-person meeting is required. 
  • Online permitting is available here for Septage/Grease/Medical Waste Haulers, Swimming Pools (pending COVID-19 guidance from MA DPH), and Demolitions. 
  • The link to download Public Health Division permits is available here, and the Current fee schedule is available here.
  • Substance Use Prevention services will continue virtually. The Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN)’s website is available at

Contact & Social Media Information

Timothy Muir McDonald, Director of Health & Human Services

Tara Gurge, Assistant Director: 
781-455-7940 x 211

Tiffany Zike, Assistant Director of Public Health   781-455-7940 

Hanna Burnett, Public Health Nurse: 
781-455-7940 x 218

Diana Acosta, Environmental Health Agent: 
781-455-7940 x 220

Karen Shannon, Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator: 781-455-7940 x 215

Carol Read, Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator: 781-455-7940 x 222

Main Phone Line: 781-455-7940
Department Email:
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