The Greenwich Department of Health has been serving the residents of Greenwich for over 125 years. During that time our commitment has remained the same: to create a healthy and safe environment within Greenwich, so that all residents may have the opportunity to enjoy full, active and healthy lives.
The Greenwich Department of Health is responsible for protecting, promoting and improving the health of Greenwich residents by implementing the provisions of essential public health services. The core activities of public health services include monitoring the public’s health status, investigating and responding to disease outbreaks, enforcing laws and regulations to protect the public’s health, developing health policies to improve the quality of life, identifying critical health needs, educating the public about public health issues, allocating health resources and planning for public health emergencies which may require a public health response.
The Office of Administration and Public Health Emergency Preparedness is overseen by the Director of Health who manages the day to day activities of the Department of Health and executes the town’s wellness strategies in an effort to provide a healthier lifestyle for residents. The Director also advocates public health policy changes to the Board of Health to enhance the quality of life in the community. Public health emergency preparedness activities are also carried out by the Department’s Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinators through designing and updating public health response plans, training department staff, and coordinating with community agencies that respond to disasters. The Emergency Preparedness Program is a local liaison to state preparedness activities and offers education to the general public, business, and local agencies. Being prepared to prevent, respond to and rapidly recover from public health emergencies is critical for protecting and securing the community of Greenwich.
The Business Office serves as a major support function in the area of personnel, payroll, and finance. The office is responsible for planning, organizing and delivering business services to all Divisions of the Department. The main focus of the business function is to maintain operations within budgetary parameters and prepare grant applications for State and Federal funding so that health programs can be provided.
The Office of Special Clinical Services is the primary HIV/STD prevention program in the Town of Greenwich. The office collaborates with the Greenwich Hospital to provide risk assessment, counseling, testing, referrals, and treatment to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s) and pregnancy. Additional responsibilities include the Director providing blood borne pathogen training and assessing occupational exposures for Town of Greenwich personnel. The Director also collaborates with the Red Ribbon Foundation, Stamford CARES, AIDS Alliance of Greenwich, Greenwich Department of Social Services, the Greenwich Board of Education, CT Department of Public Health STD Program to provide programs and services to clients and the community.
The Division of Family Health has two major components: the Adult Health Program and the Maternal and Child Health Program. The overall nursing program focuses upon health promotion and disease prevention in order to maintain and improve individual health status of Greenwich residents. The services of this Division are provided to enable individuals to achieve and maintain optimal physical, emotional, and social health. Components of all programs (the Home Health Maintenance Program, Senior Health Program, Tuberculosis Prevention Program, Maternal and Child Health Program and Day-care Licensing Program) include preventative health care sessions, early identification of health problems through screenings, health maintenance, health education, home visits, consultation and communication with the medical and social service community.
The Dental Health Program strives to apply the principles and practices of preventive dentistry through an oral health program of services to Greenwich children, adolescents, the elderly, and to those who do not have sufficient access to oral health care. One main program goal to prevent oral disease is directed mainly to children in the public school system. This program provides dental screenings for early detection, periodic assessment of oral health problems, and conducts educational sessions to stress the importance of preventative health care measures. A fluoride rinse program is also offered to students in first through fifth grade. The overall program serves eleven elementary schools and three middle schools. In addition to the public school curriculum, the dental health program serves community and school based pre-schools, seniors in the community, Headstart programs, and the Department’s Well Child Clinic.
The Division of Environmental Services has two major subdivisions: Environmental Health and Laboratory.
The Environmental Health Program focuses mainly upon regulation enforcement of facilities that provide services to the public (in example: restaurants; body care facilities). In addition the program oversees many other areas of environmental health such as sewage disposal installations, conducts water sampling of public pools and beaches, and investigations of a wide variety of complaints.
The Laboratory performs environmental and clinical testing on various samples and serves the public in providing tick testing, radon in air testing, and well water testing. The Laboratory also supports town agencies in their need to comply with certain regulations.
Both programs function in tandem to help support the health status of the community. The services of both divisions are provided to protect the public from potential health hazards, illness and disease. This is achieved through programs such as health education, environmental inspection, sampling and testing, clinical screening, licensing, permitting and consultation with the social service community.
The Department of Health continues to dedicate itself to providing strong leadership for the advancement of health in the community.