Public Health


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


Needham Public Health will begin holding flu clinics this month. The first clinic will be September 30, 2021 from 3-6pm at the Center at the Heights. More times will be available as more vaccine is received. Needham Public Health will provide vaccine to anyone 6yrs or older and preregistration is required. Here are the following links to use for registration.


Nutritionally Needham Launches October 3rd

From October 3rd- 9th local restaurants, along with Needham Public Schools, will highlight healthy menu items as part of Needham Public Health’s 2nd annual "Nutritionally Needham" healthy eating week. The program will guide residents in making nutritious choices when eating out. On average, Americans spend $3,526 eating out per year, which accounts for 42 percent of total food expenditures (U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019). While eating out can be fun and convenient, studies have shown that these foods are often less nutritionally dense and are higher in sugar, saturated fat, and calories. It is possible that frequent dining out is a risk factor for diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and metabolic syndrome. Visit for more information and resources.


healthy eating weekNeedham Public Health is hosting the 2021 Nutritionally Needham Healthy Eating Week! From October 3rd-9th, dine at any participating restaurant and order a nutritious meal from the Nutritionally Needham Approved Menu. Also, look for our table at the Harvest Fair for cooking demonstrations highlighting fresh, local produce. For more information check out our website!

Public Health Division

  • 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 , 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
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