The non-public school health services provide comprehensive school health services to 9 non-public, non-profit schools in West Hartford, which contain 3,000 students. Emergency nursing care as well as general and preventive health care is the focus of school nursing services. In addition, the following areas of care are available to students:
- Communicable disease management
- Health and safety assessment
- Health counseling to children and families
- Health education programs for schools and their community
- Health screenings
- Referral services to appropriate community agencies and medical personnel
- Consultation with multi-disciplinary teams regarding the educational impact of health concerns and child advocacy maintenance
Health Screenings, including blood pressure and diabetes, are held throughout the year. These screenings are generally held several times in both West Hartford and Bloomfield. Sites usually include senior centers, town halls, and libraries. The screenings are advertised in local newspapers and senior newsletters and on our web site.
The Health District offers a variety of health education and promotion classes. Our classes cover a variety of health topics. New classes will continue to be offered according to the diverse needs of our residents. Please click on the above "Health Screenings/Health Education" link for current and up and coming classes.
Through a grant provided by the Department of Social Services, the West Hartford Bloomfield Health District is able to provide a variety of health screenings and educational programs for our senior population. Please click on the above "Senior Wellness" link for more information regarding the various programs that we are providing in an effort to keep our seniors informed about their own health and safety.
Low cost, routine immunizations are available to residents who attend school in West Hartford or Bloomfield, age five and up, and to those who work in West Hartford or Bloomfield and need the Hepatitis B vaccination series or the tuberculosis skin test. Please be aware, we are not able to provide immunization for immigration purposes.
In the fall, the Health District offers flu and pneumonia immunizations to adult residents.
Insurances that are accepted:
- Medicare Part B
- All Anthem clients aged 18 and older
- ConnectiCare/Medicare Product
All clinics are walk-in, no appointment necessary. If we cannot accept your insurance coverage, the flu vaccine will cost $30. NOTE: Participants must be 18 and older. Flu vaccine for children: Call the Health District office for an appointment, 860-561-7900.
Now offering Shingles vaccine to individuals 60 years of age and older. Doctors order required. Please call for information and to make an appointment, 561-7900.
Also offering Tdap, Varicella, MMR, Meningococcal, TB, flu, pneumonia & Hepatitis B vaccinations to Adults. Cost of vaccines varies. Certain insurance providers are accepted. Clinics are held every Wednesday 10:30- 3:30pm at the West Hartford Bloomfield Health District. Please call for information and to set up an appointment, 561-7900.
Communicable Disease/Outbreak Monitoring
In an effort to minimize the spread of communicable diseases, the Health District provides disease surveillance and follow-up for all reportable diseases. Statistics are maintained on the incidence of communicable diseases to determine trends and target future programs. The public health nursing staff uses case management to assure that patients with communicable diseases receive appropriate medical care.
In the event of a communicable disease outbreak, the Health District consults with local and state agencies to assure appropriate control measures are in place.
The Health District provides consultation and education to families who have children with elevated blood levels. In the case of lead poisoning, the Health District works closely with families to develop a lead management or abatement plan.
Food Services Programs
The Health District inspects all licensed food establishments to assure compliance with the requirements of the Public Health Code. We seek to reduce the public risk of foodborne illness by providing reasonable protection from contaminated food and by improving the sanitary condition of food establishments. The Health District investigates reports of illnesses caused by food. By identifying the cause of the illness, we can prevent future occurrences. All plans for new and renovating food establishments are reviewed and approved by the Health District to help ensure that they are built or renovated according to current food safety standards.
Housing and Property Maintenance Code Enforcement
Local ordinances establish minimum standards for the maintenance of all premises. It is the responsibility of the Health District to enforce these codes. Buildings are inspected to assure that lighting, ventilation, electricity, heating and plumbing are installed correctly and properly maintained.
This local ordinance establishes minimum standards for maintaining proper sanitary conditions at salons which offer barbering, hairdressing and cosmetology, nail technician, tanning, tattoo and/or body piercing and protects and promotes public health, safety, and welfare by preventing the spread of disease, including, but not limited to, viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.
Vector Control-Mosquito and Tick Reduction
Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus are just two examples of vector-borne diseases. The Health District has a variety of educational materials available to the public. These materials are an excellent resource for information regarding protection of people, pets, and property. In order to assess West Nile Virus activity, a bird surveillance program is in place from May until late fall.
Swimming Pool Inspections
Pools and spas operated at apartments, condominiums, parks, schools, and clubs are regulated by the State Health Code and regularly inspected by the Health District. Requirements include chemically balanced, safe water, proper signage, rest rooms with warm showers, and fencing with proper gates. Individual pool owners can receive answers about pool safety and water quality.
Water Testing and On-Site Sewage Disposal
On-site sewage disposal systems (septic systems) are inspected for compliance with the CT Public Health Code. This includes site investigation, design approval, permit issuance, and other necessary inspections. Individual wells are evaluated to assure that an adequate supply of safe drinking water is available to residents.
Rabies Alert and Follow-up
Rabies is a fatal, viral disease that can be spread by the saliva of infected animals, including bats, to people. It can be prevented by vaccinating pets and people who work with animals. Anyone who suspects that they may have had an exposure should contact their physician and the Health District. All positive tests for rabies are immediately reported to the Director of Health. The Health District staff then ensure that exposed victims receive appropriate medical attention.
West Hartford-Bloomfield Health District works to prepare its staff and the community to be ready for any emergency impacting the public health. The staff continues to plan for infectious disease outbreaks, weapons of mass destruction, natural and man-made emergencies and a host of other scenarios. They are trained to work with other town departments as well as local, regional and state partners within the framework of the National Incident Management System.
All residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to plan to be self sufficient during bad weather events and any type of emergency. Everyone should have emergency contact information in their possession and a collection of drinking water, food and medication necessary for survival. Many people also need auxiliary power for medical equipment, extra oxygen and emergency caregivers. When planning for the family, everyone must also plan to feed, water and shelter their animals during an emergency whether it is a hamster, a horse or something in between.
Information to help you prepare is found on many web-sites including:
Many sources for emergency food and equipment can be found by doing a search on the internet for "emergency supplies".