Skip to content

Did You Know - Board of Health

An occasional column about town activities

Table of Contents

Did you know that Winchester has a 3-member Board of Health? The members are each elected to a 3-year term. The Board is responsible for the creation and enforcement of rules and regulations affecting the environment and public health. They are given their duties and responsibilities by Massachusetts General Law and the Winchester Home Rule Charter, and such additional powers and duties as may be authorized by the charter, bylaws or by town meeting vote.

 The Board of Health also appoints the Director of the Health Department who acts as its agent to ensure compliance with state public health mandates and to implement policies set by the Board of Health. It is the Health Department’s mission as a whole to prevent and reduce public health risks, to prepare the community with emergency planning and by formulating regulations and finally to protect the community by enforcing regulations affecting the environment and public health.

 They are involved in vaccination clinics, health alerts and education (such as Covid, Monkeypox, Rabies and tick and mosquito borne illnesses) and enforcing regulations on such things as tobacco and nicotine (including vaping) use, food establishments (restaurant inspections), medication and sharps/needle collection and keeping of animals (such as backyard chickens). They also provide information on environmental health and enforce regulations affecting the environment. These include contaminated properties, water testing, climate change and public health, pesticides and a Heat Response Strategy.

 Finally, the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community, part of the Health Department, is a community-based organization that works with residents, town departments and agencies to reduce substance abuse, particularly in the youth, and to foster healthy life choices through education.

 To learn more, visit the Board of Health page and the Health Department page. More information on the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community can be found here.

Latest

Jenks talks on environmental issues

Jenks talks on environmental issues

Jenks speakers address optimization of major decision making and current events shaping the Commonwealth’s energy and environmental future. By John Brown, Ron Latanision, and Walter Hubbard  On March 8, Rich Adler, founder of DecisionPath, joined us to follow up on his February 2023 presentation, speaking this time on “Revisiting

How well do you know Winchester?

How well do you know Winchester?

Last time was very tricky but our all-time champ, Michael Arwe, gets honorable mention for figuring out what it was (with a hint from yours truly). See last week’s to refresh your memory. Arwe emailed, “I did the Main Street bridge, the Waterfield Road bridge, the Mt. Vernon Street

Pony rides on Winchester Common

Pony rides on Winchester Common

The following was submitted by Preschool Social Academy: On Saturday, April 27, get ready to have some fun with pony rides on Winchester Common, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the corner of Church Street and Waterfield Road. The event will happen either rain or

Health Department to host tent for Safe Disposal Day, April 27

Health Department to host tent for Safe Disposal Day, April 27

The following was submitted by the Health Department: On Saturday, April 27, the Health Department and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community will have a tent outside the Transfer Station gate, 15 McKay Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Safe Disposal Day, or DEA National