The Department of Health and Human Services provides environmental health, community nursing and health education services. The mayor appoints its director.
The department issues burial permits, records dog bites, and baits sewers for rats. It also licenses and inspects stores, massage therapists, restaurants, caterers, bakeries, day camps, pools, and trailer parks as well as septic tank cleaners and trash removal services. It follows up on cases of tuberculosis and other communicable diseases such as hepatitis and shigella.
Community nursing services are offered an on-site blood pressure readings, health screening, and referrals at Raymond Jordan Senior Center, 1476 Roosevelt Avenue, every Thursday, from 9:00AM-3:00PM.
A nurse provides health care six mornings and two evenings a week for homeless people at 769 Worthington Street. Call 734 - 7140 for more information. Dental services for the homeless are also available two days a week at this location. Call 731 - 9575 for more information.
Health education and prevention programs include the following:
- HIV/AIDS Mobile Outreach to IV drug users
- Youth Against AIDS Coalition - young people conducting AIDS prevention education.
- Springfield AIDS Council - advocates raising awareness about AIDS.
- Substance Abuse Prevention Program - a speaker's bureau of women who are former drug abusers.
- Violence Prevention Task Force and Trigger Lock Give-away Program.
- Tobacco Control Unit - enforces tobacco control laws, runs smoking cessation programs and education programs, and promotes a ban on smoking in restaurants.
Other programs include:
- Area Health Education Center - after school career-exploration program for teens.
- Mayor's Office for Citizens with Disabilities - advocates for physically and mentally challenged citizens.
- Mediation training to provide volunteers to help resolve disputes in the public schools and neighborhoods.
- Child Maternal Health Commission - volunteer health professionals who have volunteered to help reduce infant mortality.