Westport Weston Health District
180 Bayberry Lane
Westport, CT 06880
Phone: (203) 227-9571 | Health Information Line: (203) 222-3875 | email: email@example.com
What we do: The Westport Weston Health District (WWHD) is a governmental agency which provides local public health services to the residents of Westport and Weston. WWHD provides a wide range of services to help keep the communities of Westport and Weston healthy.
WWHD is organized into three major departments, Community Health Services. Environmental Health Services and Emergency Preparedness and Response.
The Community Health Department provides an array of preventative health services at the Bayberry location and at sites throughout Westport and Weston. Regular programs include:
- free blood pressure screenings,
- senior center clinics,
- walk-in wellness clinics,
- community cholesterol screenings
- a confidential HIV/AIDS Testing and Counseling Clinic.
The Health Districtís public health nurse provides health check visits to the homebound elderly. Many services are offered free or at a reduced charge. The Travelers Immunization Clinic is one of the Health Districtís most popular programs. In 2004, almost 500 individuals visited the morning clinic to receive immunizations against travel diseases such as yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis.
The Health District also teams up with local medical organizations and providers to offer screening programs each year for breast and prostate cancer, skin cancer, vision problems and other health concerns.
A low cost animal rabies clinic is provided annually in cooperation with area veterinarians.
The Health Districtís health educator sponsors a wide variety of health education programs to the community in partnership with local civic organizations.
The Environmental Health Department of WWHD, together with state and federal health agencies, works to prevent and control the spread of disease in the environment. Public health sanitarians perform health inspections, investigate and resolve nuisance complaints, respond to public health hazards and educate the public about communicable disease prevention.
WWHD responds to local environmental emergencies on and around-the-clock basis.
WWHD is the leading community response to Lyme disease and West Nile virus, two emerging diseases that threaten the health of residents. In 1999, the Health District was awarded a five-year grant to teach residents about ways to reduce the number of deer ticks and protect themselves against Lyme disease. The project, called Target Lyme Disease, aims to develop a model community intervention program that can be used by towns across the nation.
In 2000, WWHD developed a comprehensive mosquito control plan for Westport and Weston to help prevent the spread of West Nile virus.
The Emergency Preparedness and Response Department conducts extensive planning to prepare for and respond to large emergencies. While the focus is on public health emergencies, such as the threats of pandemic influenza and biological terrorism, all hazards are considered, among which are the public health impacts after a hurricane or flood. In addition to planning, WWHD conducts regular drills to test and improve upon its plans.
This department also operates the Westport Weston Wilton Medical Reserve Corps, which utilizes volunteers to support and assist local health officials during public health emergencies. Those wishing to volunteer can call Ken Kellogg at 227-9571 x 233 or fill out an online application.
A current health message and monthly calendar of events are available online as well as through a Health Information Hotline at 222-3875. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. Ė 4:30 p.m., or call 227-9571.