The Health Department is responsible for permitting and inspecting businesses that provide services to the public to ensure compliance with local, state and federal law.
- Body Art Establishments
- Retail Food
- Swimming Pools
- Tobacco/Nicotine Delivery Retailers
- Recreational Camps
This summer the Northampton Health Department has been working on a project to monitor Lyme disease in the recreation areas of Northampton. Massachusetts Department of Public Health intern, Daniel Flynn has been gathering ticks from several locations in Northampton for testing by UMass Amherst.
Community education is an important aspect of the Health Department mission and a crucial component in disease prevention. With that mission in mind, a survey has been developed to assess knowledge of ticks and Lyme disease. Thank you for your help with this important project.
Access the Tick Survey here.
At its March 20, 2014 meeting, the Northampton Board of Health adopted expanded Tobacco and Nicotine Delivery Product regulations. The regulations will go into effect June 1, 2014.
- Prohibiting smoking in municipally owned parks, municipally owned recreation areas (effective January 1, 2015) and private clubs
- Prohibiting the sale of blunt wraps
- Verifying age, with government issued ID, at every point of sale
- Prohibiting the sale of tobacco and nicotine delivery products in establishments that have onsite pharmacies
- Capping the number of city tobacco and nicotine delivery product permits
- Disallowing the tolling of sales violations
Overview: Smoking Prohibited and Sales Checklist
Free Skin Cancer Clinic - May 13, 5:30 - 7:30
Cooley Dickinson Hospital
30 Locust Street, Northampton, MA
Call to Register - 888-554-4234
Summer Tips for Skin Protection
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States.
One in five Americans will develop skin cancer.
Tips to stay safe in the sun:
- Seek shade, especially between 10 am and 4 pm
- Avoid sunburns by wearing protective clothing, hats and using sunscreen
- Use waterproof sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher
- Avoid tanning salons
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreen should only be used on infants over the age of 6 months
Preventative care measures:
- Check your skin and moles regularly and report any changes to a physician
- Regular skin examination by a physician or dermatologist
- Know the ABC’s of Skin Cancer – watch your moles for warning sign:
Asymmetry - One half of the mole does not match the other half.
Border irregularity - when the edges of the mole are irregular, ragged, blurred, or notched.
Color – when the color over the mole is not the same all over.
Diameter - when the mole is larger than about ¼ inch – about the size of a pencil eraser; although, doctors are now finding more melanomas that are smaller.
For more information and images of moles - PDF