About Us

Mission Statement

The Housatonic Valley Health District serves New Milford, Oxford, Southbury, Washington, and Woodbury. The mission of the Housatonic Valley Health District is to create better health outcomes and promote the highest attainable standard of health. This is accomplished through three principles, which include prevention, education, and outreach. HVHD prevents disease, injury, and disability for their community through regular inspections of public and private businesses and homes to ensure conditions exist where people can be healthy. HVHD uses education to inform the public and health practitioners on public health best practices, policy information, and the impacts and methods of prevention for the spread of communicable diseases. HVHD conducts outreach to engage their communities that experience obstacles in accessing the public health services they need, deliver vaccines to the community, and advocate for needed and beneficial health policies.

Lisa Morrissey, MPH

Director Of Health

Lisa
Morrissey, MPH

Housatonic Valley Health District (HVHD) is a full-time public health department that serves New Milford, Oxford, Southbury, Washington, and Woodbury with the goal of providing a healthy environment, advocate for health and well-being, and prevent disease within our communities. HVHD is governed by a Board of Directors, with representatives from the five municipalities, in proportion to their population, based on a State formula. The District has offices located in New Milford and Southbury with additional satellite offices in Oxford, Washington, and Woodbury.

Ten Essential Public Health Services

The Ten Essential Public Health Services provide a framework for the responsibilities of local public health services. They are to:

Monitor

Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.

Diagnose

Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community.

Inform

Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues.

Mobilize

Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems.

Develop

Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts.

Enforce

Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety.

Link

Link people to needed personal health services and assure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable.

Assure

Assure competent public and personal health care workforce.

Evaluate

Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services.

Research

Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems.

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Covid-19 Reports

HVHD COVID-19 Report

Housatonic Valley Health District is committed to providing weekly in-depth COVID-19 reports, which are published every Friday.  Click here to

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Covid-19 Reports

HVHD COVID-19 Report

Housatonic Valley Health District is committed to providing weekly in-depth COVID-19 reports, which are published every Friday.  Click here to

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