Department of Health & Human Services
199 Summit Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07306
Health Complaints: 201-547-5285
Stacey Flanagan, Director
The Jersey City Department of Health and Human Services is dedicated to providing health and social services to residents of all ages through a myriad of programs. For the first time in decades, all Health & Human Services divisions are housed at one location, creating greater ease for residents in need of support. The Health Campus is now located at 199 Summit Avenue.
In September 2013, Mayor Fulop signed onto the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, pledging to help Jersey City residents lead healthier lives and reduce illnesses associated with obesity. HHS reinforced that pledge through action, expanding services and community outreach in several areas including:
Fitness & Movement - Jersey City is a recent Gold Medal Winner of First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move’ Campaign for Cities.
Community Engagement - In 2014, HHS launched the Partnership for a Healthier JC movement. The goal of the partnership is to expand and strengthen HHS collaborations with community groups and institutions to develop a blueprint for greater overall health in Jersey City and grants are being sought towards that end. This new movement has fostered stronger and more goal oriented collaborations around healthy food access, in particular. Here are just a few examples:
Farmers Markets – Answering the call for greater ease in the permit process for Farmers Markets in Jersey City, new legislation was formulated and passed. The legislation not only streamlines the permit process, but sets guidelines to insure that Farmers Markets meet USDA standards.
Urban Agriculture – In year one, the Partnership for a Healthier JC formation resulted in the establishment of four urban farms which included agricultural training for senior citizen and public housing resident ‘farmers’ as well as HHS staffing. (Volunteer Opportunity!)
Adopt A Lots – HHS has strengthened our commitment to Adopt A Lots in Jersey City by securing a $20,000 grant from the Horizon Foundation for the provision of supplies like mulch and gardening tools to Adopt A Lot organizations who beautify and green spaces in need of improvement. (Volunteer Opportunity! - Gardening)
Cooking Matters Tours at the Store (CMATS) - HHS continues to expand healthy food access by conducting Cooking Matters Tours at the Store (CMATS) – this is made possible through a grant from Share Our Strength, a national non-profit, through the No Kid Hungry Campaign.” (Volunteer Opportunity! – Get Free Training & Guide Supermarket Tours)
Volunteer Opportunities – There are three volunteer opportunities through HHS, centered around Healthy Food Access and Urban Agriculture. If you’d like to volunteer, please call (201)547-6800.
During enrollment periods, HHS provides enrollment assistance and eduction for residents who wish to enroll through the Affordable Care Act. The enrollment period is currently closed and will reopen in fall.
Some of the Department’s traditional services include the Division of Health, Women, Infants and Children Program (WIC) Program, Prevention Oriented System for Child Health (PorSHe) ; Lead Poisoning Prevention.; Immunization Clinic; and Preventive Medicine Clinic (Treatment of STDs and Pre and Post HIV Testing Counseling)
Other programs include: Health Education; Mandated Environment and Public Health Care Activities; the Division of Senior Affairs and Office of Senior Affairs; Summer Food; Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP); Animal Control, and the Division of Health and Jersey City Alliance to Combat Drug and Alcohol Abuse. The Department of Health & Human Services is also an active and contributing member of the Mayor’s Quality of Life Task Force, insuring quality of life issues and community hazards are addressed.
Through its programs the Department of Health & Human Services aims to protect the health and well being of every Jersey City resident through the provision of traditional senior and child care, including nutrition, immunizations and more. Most recently, HHS is moving towards the development of a blueprint for greater physical and mental health in our City, aimed at prevention and meaningful collaborations.