The City of Somerville Health and Human Services Department is committed to the protection of the health of our community through our work in disease prevention, community engagement, and the promotion of healthy behaviors.
The Department regulates smoking in restaurants and bars and monitors the sale of tobacco products to youth. The Department also prepares to respond to Bioterrorism disasters by coordinating with regional and local emergency preparedness efforts, assists in the control of communicable diseases through immunizations, surveillance, and works collaboratively with the Cambridge Health Alliance and Somerville School Department to develop and implement the Youth Risk Behavior Surveys for all 6-12 grade students.
Most recently, the Health and Human Services Department has taken the lead on addressing alcohol and drug prevention activities in particular to implementing the Mayor's Oxycontin Work Group and Suicide Prevention Work Group. Data from the local youth risk behavior survey show that both drugs and alcohol and risk of suicide ideation are above statewide levels.