What We Do

We're on a mission to protect your health!

Mission statement: The Northeast District Department of Health will, through community partnerships, promote, protect, and improve the health of the residents of Northeastern Connecticut, by monitoring health concerns, preventing illness, and encouraging healthy lifestyles.

The Northeast District Dept of Health delivers essential public health services and enforces the Connecticut Public Health Code


Public Health 10 Essential Services and Benefits

The 10 Essential Public Health Services describe the public health activities that all communities should undertake and serve as the framework for the NPHPS instruments. Public health systems should

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.
  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.
  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.
  4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.
  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.
  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.
  7. Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.
  8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.
  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.
  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.


Some Community Benefits:

  1. A professionally staffed department with fully trained and certified personnel
  2. Improved availability of services; seven days a week, 24 hours a day for emergencies
  3. Comprehensive, coordinated services
  4. Uniform enforcement of state laws and regulations, codes, and ordinances
  5. A regional approach to public health problems that cross town lines
  6. Pooling of manpower for backup services in times of need
  7. The capability to address a wider scope of public health problems and issues than your community could on its own
  8. Reduction of waste and maximized effectiveness through problem identification, priority setting, improved coordination, and more efficient use of resources
  9. Eligibility for extensive state and federal funding, bringing to the local level dollars that might not otherwise be possible
  10. Networking opportunities with other health departments and state agencies