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    ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH

    54 Meadow Street
    (203) 946-8174

    Environmental Health Staff

    The Bureau of Environmental Health maintains as its principal goal the preservation and protection of the environmental quality of the City of New Haven. Staff members perform these services:

    • Utilize and enforce applicable sections of the State Public Health Code, State Statutes, and Municipal Ordinances
    • License and inspect food service establishments
    • Resolve cases of childhood lead poisoning; provide educational outreach activities and assist with distribution of federal lead abatement funds to prevent lead poisoning. Click here for more information: http://www.newhavenlead.com
    • Investigate and resolve public health nuisances and infractions of applicable statutes and/or ordinances
    • Monitor water quality of public swimming pools and beach water
    • Inspect schools, daycare centers, senior centers and summer lunch feeding sites
    • Assist in preparing for and responding to public health emergencies

    FUNDING

    Funding for the Bureau is derived from various sources, including grants from the state and federal governments in addition to the City of New Haven’s general fund. The Bureau is currently comprised of fourteen full and part-time employees. Throughout the year interns from colleges and local high schools assist the Bureau.

    EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH

    Lead Free

    With resources provided by the public relations firm of Burson-Marsteller, the Bureau of Environmental Health has greatly enhanced its educational outreach efforts. Funding provided by Benjamin Moore Paint Company has enabled the firm of Burson-Marsteller to train and provide Bureau staff with interactive educational presentations designed for various venue sites. An artistically designed presentation booth and various “give away” items such as t-shirts, pens, sponges, soaps, frisbees and reading materials related to lead poisoning prevention have been created to attract and educate participants.

    The lead poisoning prevention educational campaign has been an overwhelming success. During 2011, over 19,000 people visited the “booth” at schools, neighborhood events, community health fairs, church picnics, and day care centers in addition to events sponsored by the Bureau at Lighthouse Point Park, as well as the “Don’t Spread the Lead” campaign held within hardware stores. Media coverage (both print and electronic) has also been extensively utilized to spread the lead poisoning prevention message. Radio broadcasts, including a radio public service announcement read by Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and Alderman Jorge Perez (who read the message in Spanish), television coverage, and newspaper articles appeared throughout the year to bolster the Bureau’s campaign.
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