Public Health


The Public Health Division promotes and protects the overall health and wellness of the local population and carries out the core functions of public health including health assessment, access to services, health promotion, contagious disease surveillance, the implementation of regulations developed by the Chelsea Board of Health, as well as state and federal mandates and guidelines for Public Health practice. The division reports to the Board of Health and works with the HHS Department and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) in addressing quality of life issues affecting city residents and public school students in the Chelsea district. The division ensures that health related services offered by private, non-profit and public organizations meet standards of quality and local needs. Specific areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the promulgation, enforcement and administration of reasonable rules, regulations and laws concerning communicable diseases, immunization and vaccination of residents; investigation of all diseases-related complaints; site assignment for cemeteries, sanitary land fields, refuse treatment and disposal facilities, hazardous waste facilities and trades dangerous to public health; burial permits; animals control practices, among other programs and interventions.

The Public Health division performs a critical support role to the operation of the City:

  • Coordinating with code inspectors to address complaints of health and sanitation violations.
  • Monitoring and responding to outbreak of communicable diseases.
  • Addressing social determinants of heath jointly with the Public Health Department of Revere and Winthrop through a regional health collaboration.

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Hours of Operation

Mon., Wed., & Thurs.: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Phone: 617-466-4080
Nurse: 617-466-4082
Nurse Fax: 617-466-4089

500 Broadway, Room #100
Chelsea, MA 02150
United States
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Staff Contacts

Name   Title Phone
Flor Amaya Director of Public Health  617-466-4083
Julie Nguyen Business Manager 617-466-4092
Paula McHatton Public Health Nurse  617-466-4082

Additional Information

Board of Health

About the Board of Health
The board of health, consisting of five members, preserves and maintains the city's public health standards and protects its environmental resources through community education, and by promulgating reasonable rules and regulations pertaining to those matters placed under its jurisdiction by this administrative code, which shall include the communicable diseases, the sanitary code, the environmental code, food purity and quality, housing quality, solid waste, establishments possessing, processing, operating, or dealing in hazardous and/or toxic waste, solid waste haulers, septage haulers, noisome trades, fuel and chemical storage systems, dilapidated structures and lead paint, and all other areas of environmental quality. 

Meeting Information
When: 2nd Tuesday of the Month
Where: Williams School
Time: 5:30 p.m. 

Phone: 617-466-4080
Fax: 617-466-4089

Board Members

Name Title
Dr. Dean Xerras Member
Mario Fernandes Chair
Alan Jackson Member
Israele Molina Member
Ola Bayode Member

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

About the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 is more than just an easy-to- remember number—it is a direct connection to compassionate, accessible care and support for anyone experiencing mental health related distress – whether that is thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.