Public Health


The most update to date information regarding Covid-19 and the Town of Needham can be found here. 

Needham Board of Health Rescinds Mask Order - Effective May 29, 2021 

Health & Human Services Division COVID-19 Response Update

2021 Recreational Camp application & information can be found here.

Domestic Violence Action Committee (DVAC) 

Blood Pressure Clinics:  Appointments required until August 11th. Call 781.455.7940 to schedule your appointment. 


The Public Health Division will continue to provide several its services virtually.

  • Inspections will continue, and appointments for plan reviews and consultations will continue via phone conference or Zoom unless an in-person meeting is required. 
  • Online permitting is available here for Septage/Grease/Medical Waste Haulers, Swimming Pools (pending COVID-19 guidance from MA DPH), and Demolitions. 
  • The link to download Public Health Division permits is available here, and the Current fee schedule is available here.
  • Substance Use Prevention services will continue virtually. The Substance Prevention Alliance of Needham (SPAN)’s website is available at

Contact & Social Media Information

Timothy Muir McDonald, Director of Health & Human Services

Tara Gurge, Assistant Director: 
781-455-7940 x 211

Tiffany Zike, Assistant Director of Public Health   781-455-7940 

Hanna Burnett, Public Health Nurse: 
781-455-7940 x 218

Diana Acosta, Environmental Health Agent: 
781-455-7940 x 220

Karen Shannon, Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator: 781-455-7940 x 215

Carol Read, Senior Substance Use Prevention Program Coordinator: 781-455-7940 x 222

Main Phone Line: 781-455-7940
Department Email:
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