Ashland Health Department
Board of Health Mission Statement
To protect and promote the health, environment, and well-being of the Town of Ashland's residents and visitors.
The Ashland Health Department offers a wide variety of services for the Town of Ashland. The services range from a multitude of various inspections, investigations, vaccine clinics, training opportunities, emergency preparedness, and staff assistance.
The Health Department runs the day-to-day operations of the office, while the Board of Health acts as the policymakers. The Department is responsible for the enforcement of the public health policies, as well as local, state, and federal laws and regulations in order to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our residents, visitors, and the environment.
Mass. Department of Public Health Issues New Fish Consumption Advisories
Based on PFAS in Fish at 13 State Parks
The Ashland Board of Health has been advised by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that the Ashland State Park Reservoir is among 13 waterbodies at State Parks operated by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) in which elevated levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) were found in fish at a level above government recommendations for consumption. You can read the full Press Release HERE.
ASHLAND DRINKING WATER IS PERFECTLY SAFE. Ashland's drinking water is supplied by wells and a water treatment facility located on Howe Street in Ashland. You can see the latest Water Quality Report HERE.
Surface water tests for PFAS did not cause concern or any recommendations to be issued. Swimming, boating and general recreation is not impacted; only fish consumption has a new advisory.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to the Ashland Board of Health Office at 508-881-0100 x 1975; you may also reach out directly to the Director of Media Relations for the DCR, Ann Scales, at 617-624-5006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE COVID-19 RAPID TESTS AVAILABLE IN THE BOARD OF HEALTH OFFICE
Childhood Vaccine Clinic
Weekly childhood vaccine clinics are being conducted at Ashland Town Hall for school-aged children who are uninsured or underinsured. Our regional Public Health Nurse is present at every Clinic to provide the following vaccines for children and teens: DTap, HPV9v, HepB, IPV (Inactive Polio Virus), MCv4 (Meningococcal), MMR, Td (Tetanus and Diphtheria), Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis) and Varicella.
So far over 100 children have been vaccinated; this service is available through the Metrowest Shared Services Grant and is available to residents in the following municipalities: Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Hudson, Maynard, Milford, Millis and Natick. Our Community Health Worker is also available during clinics to translate (for Portuguese speakers) if needed, and to connect clients with resources.
Please email or call us at: 508-881-0100 x 1975 if you would like your child to attend the next clinic.