Programs and Services

The programs and services of CRAHD fall into three (3) general categories.

Environmental Health.  This is our most active area of programs and services.  Examples of services in this program are inspections of establishments and public facilities such as: restaurants, vendors and temporary food events, public pools, beaches, water wells, septic systems, overnight stay facilities, salons and day care centers.  Sanitarians also perform complaint investigations into food borne illness, general nuisance, housing and garbage conditions.  The district’s childhood  lead prevention program activity is performed here as well.

Our environmental staff also performs a tremendous amount of work in carrying out the town's decentralized waste water management plans, from overseeing installations in Old Saybrook, to assisting in plan development in Clinton.   

Community Health is the next program area.  The district holds vaccination clinics such as the annual flu clinics.  We are part of a larger planning effort to address chronic disease prevention in Middlesex County.  The district is the regional leader in public health emergency preparedness planning.  We have plans that continue to be tested and improved upon for mass dispensing of medications in the event of a widespread outbreak, or to vaccinate large portions of our population as a prophylaxis either pre or post exposure.  We spearheaded a regional effort to prepare and act as part of the state's Ebola response efforts this past year.

We offer education on skin cancer prevention to the general population but also are targeting school age children to instill in them prevention practices to reduce risk of skin cancer development.  Our lead poisoning prevention efforts this year concentrates on educating contractors and homeowners about the EPA RRP rule, which requires lead safe certification and practices while renovating homes likely to contain lead paint.      

Health Education is the next area of focus for the health district.  Even though, because of our small staff, we do not have a dedicated health educator, that role is shared among the staff.  Sanitarians, for example, provide education on food safety, sanitation, water supply safety, caring for septic systems, radon safety.  Our staff of Sanitarians have developed and offered on an annual basis, a course for Realtors to teach them about environmental concerns in residential transactions, such as radon, lead, water supplies and treatment, sewage disposal, asbestos, etc.  

Our public health nurse provides education on personal hygiene, illness avoidance, being prepared during times of disaster, vaccinations, travel precautions, and as mentioned above, skin cancer prevention.  The remainder of the staff fills in health education gaps as situations arise.