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About Us

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, advocating for health and well-being, and preventing 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.

Director Of Health

Joe Kmetz
Acting Director

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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