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City of Manchester Health Department joins forces with New Hampshire National Guard to bring smiles to Manchester children

Published: 01/09/2023 1:16 PM

Starting Saturday, January 7, 2023, and with approval from the Department of Defense (DoD), Manchester children will receive additional dental care they may not otherwise have access to. The City’s school-based oral health program has been around since the 1970s, providing preventative dental care to 600 students per year.  However, recent years have seen a challenge in identifying local dental providers who are willing and able to accept uncompensated referrals for students who require more involved dental care. 

“This partnership between the NHARNG and Manchester Health Department allows us to expand critical dental service to students in Manchester, ensuring cost is not a barrier to health,” said Mayor Joyce Craig. “Our students deserve high-quality, preventative care, and I’m grateful for the support from the NHARNG in providing these services.”

Through the DoD’s Innovative Readiness Training (IRT) program, which pairs military training requirements with community needs, the NHARNG’s Medical Detachment will provide fillings and extractions to children already using the long successful Manchester Oral Health Program.

“The IRT program is a unique way for the Guard to support local communities while gaining valuable, real-world training experience,” said NH Adjutant Gen. David Mikolaities. “There is nothing more fulfilling for our citizen-soldiers than to serve their fellow citizens in their own backyard.”

In the past year, the NH National Guard (NHNG) has supported multiple IRT missions, including a healthcare clinic for Cherokee Nation, Okla., an airlift for the state’s Nature Conservancy, and a construction project for Greenfield State Park.

City of Manchester Health Department Director Anna Thomas who served in the military and the NHARNG, says this collaboration came to fruition after meeting with Col. Richard Oberman, deputy director of the Joint Staff for the NHNG.  “For years, we talked about the ways our NHARNG medical assets could serve local communities in New Hampshire. We certainly experienced that benefit throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This new venture optimizes the best of both our worlds and assists our City and State’s most valuable resource – our children and families.”

This partnership and the care provided come at no cost to the families, the city or the health department. Future clinic days are being planned on a monthly basis to serve qualifying Manchester students from all 21 public schools through the end of the school year.

See Press Release Below:

MHD Dental Program

The 2022-2023 Winter Resource Guide: Now Available!

Published: 11/15/2022 3:33 PM

The Manchester Health Department’s 2022-2023 Winter Resource Guide is now available.

The Guide includes information on a wide range of resources, including local winter assistance resources, to benefit Manchester residents and families in need. We encourage our community partners to use the Guide as a resource in providing assistance and support to the populations they serve.

The guide can be accessed using the link below or through the Health Department’s website under "Services."

Winter Resource Guide 2022-2023

The 2022-2023 Winter Resource Guide: Now Available!

Published: 11/15/2022 3:33 PM

The Manchester Health Department’s 2022-2023 Winter Resource Guide is now available.

The Guide includes information on a wide range of resources, including local winter assistance resources, to benefit Manchester residents and families in need. We encourage our community partners to use the Guide as a resource in providing assistance and support to the populations they serve.

The guide can be accessed using the link below or through the Health Department’s website under "Services."

Winter Resource Guide 2022-2023

2022 Greater Manchester Community Health Needs Assessment

Published: 11/15/2022 11:45 AM

Today, the City of Manchester Health Department released the 2022 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA).
This document serves as a public data source to help inform community-level decision making and guide healthcare entities.

To view the press release and the report, use the links below. 

CHNA Press Release
Greater Manchester Community Health Needs Assessment 2022 

2-hour S.A.F.E. trainings, UNH Cooperative Extension

Published: 07/14/2022 2:04 PM


Join University of New Hampshire Extension’s food safety team for a free online S.A.F.E. food handling workshop for food service workers in schools, restaurants, delis, hospitals, nursing homes, camps and other places that prepare and serve food.

The 2-hour S.A.F.E. program reviews critical food safety and sanitation concepts such as personal hygiene, preventing cross contamination, and controlling time and temperature. S.A.F.E. is a great overview for new employees and the perfect refresher course for more experienced staff.

Wednesday, August 24  |  1:30pm - 3:30pm
Wednesday, October 26  |  1:00pm - 3:00pm
Thursday, November 17  |  9:00am - 11:00am
Thursday, December 1  |  2:00pm - 4:00pm

S.A.F.E. for School Food Service Workers

This class is open to all, but will have a focus on the skills school staff need most.  

Wednesday, September 28  | 1:00pm - 3:00pm    REGISTER

S.A.F.E. for Food Pantries

This is a free, online, safe food handling workshop for volunteers and managers in food pantries and within the NH Food Bank who only handle pre-packaged food and fresh produce and may handle frozen and refrigerated foods.

Thursday, July 14  | 9:30am - 11:30am
Thursday, September 15  |  4:00pm - 6:00pm
Wednesday, November 9  |  9:30am - 11:30am

About UNH Cooperative Extension

Extension is at work in every New Hampshire county, making the state's key industries stronger, developing vibrant communities and municipal leaders, fostering healthy families and an informed and engaged citizenry, and keeping the state's natural resources healthy and productive.  

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity educator and employer. University of New Hampshire, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and N.H. counties cooperating

Outbreak Investigation of Hepatitis A Virus: Strawberries (May 2022)

Published: 05/31/2022 2:23 PM

Do not eat, serve, or sell FreshKampo or HEB brand organic strawberries purchased between March 5, 2022, and April 25, 2022, FDA’s investigation is ongoing.


Please follow this link for more information from the FDA.



ALERT Imposter Food Inspector

Published: 05/24/2022 10:27 AM

The Manchester Health Department has recently become aware of a report of a person falsely representing themselves as an food inspector.  Please know that the Manchester Health Department inspectors always wear a city issued photo identification and present it when identifying ourselves to our establishments.  We will never ask for,  nor will we accept any payments outside of the office, nor do we charge a fee for inspections and services.  


If you suspect an imposter, ask to see the individuals identification which has the city seal, their name, and position clearly displayed.   When in doubt, contact the Manchester Police Department and the Manchester Health Department.

NH DHHS Warns Residents Not to Use Certain Powdered Infant Formulas Produced at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, MI Facility

Published: 02/18/2022 4:52 PM

NH Department of Health and Human Services

129 Pleasant Street – Hugh Gallen State Office Park

Concord, NH 03301




Public Information Office

February 18, 2022

(603) 271-9389



NH DHHS Warns Residents Not to Use Certain Powdered Infant Formulas Produced at Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, MI Facility


Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is advising consumers not to use certain Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formulas due to an ongoing investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of Cronobacter and Salmonella infections in infants who have consumed the product. There have been no reported illnesses in New Hampshire associated with this investigation.


The FDA, CDC, and public health and regulatory officials in several states (including Minnesota, Ohio, and Texas), are investigating complaints that include three reports of Cronobacter sakazakii infection and one report of Salmonella Newport infection.  All of the cases are reported to have consumed powdered infant formula (IF) produced from Abbott Nutrition’s Sturgis, MI facility. Testing within the Sturgis, MI facility identified several environmental samples that were positive for the Cronobacter sakazakii, but there were no detections of Salmonella Newport. Importantly, no finished or distributed product has tested positive for either of these bacteria.


The FDA is advising consumers not to use Similac, Alimentum or EleCare powdered infant formulas if:

  • the first two digits of the code are 22 through 37, AND
  • the code on the container contains K8, SH, or Z2, AND
  • the expiration date is 4-1-2022 (APR 2022) or later.


The product code is printed on the product packaging near the expiration date (see product image below). Products that do not contain the information listed above are not impacted by this advisory. This advisory does not include liquid formula products or any metabolic deficiency nutrition formulas. Consumers should continue to use all product not covered by this advisory. Parents and caregivers can go to www.similacrecall.com and enter the code found on the bottom of the infant formula package to see if their product is included in the recall.


“Due to the long shelf life of these products, it is important for consumers to check their pantries for any recalled product,” said Tricia Tilley, Director, Division of Public Health Services. “Consumers should throw it away or return to the place of purchase for an exchange or refund.”


Cronobacter sakazakii is a bacterium found naturally in the environment and can live in dry foods, such as powdered infant formula, powdered milk, and starches. Cronobacter can cause diarrhea and urinary tract infections in people of all ages, but infection can be severe in infants and lead to blood steam infections (sepsis) or central nervous system infections like meningitis (inflammation of the membranes that protect the brain and spinal cord). The first symptoms of infection in infants usually include a fever, poor feeding, crying and irritability, and very low energy. Salmonella infection can also cause a febrile diarrheal illness.


Additionally, these products are approved formulas of the NH Women, Infants and Children (WIC) nutrition program. Families enrolled in the WIC Program who purchased any of the recalled formula should discard it immediately. All families with an infant enrolled in the New Hampshire WIC program, will receive communication from their WIC office informing them of the recall. Families with questions should call either their local WIC office or the State WIC office at 1-800-942-4321.


If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, you should notify your child’s healthcare provider and seek medical care for your child right away. 


The DHHS Division of Public Health Services continues to follow this outbreak closely, including investigation of any reported cases in close coordination with the CDC and the FDA, and will provide updates as they become available. To report a suspected illness associated with this investigation contact the DPHS Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496.


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Heat Advisory Wed Aug. 11th through Fri. Aug 13th 2021

Published: 08/10/2021 1:09 PM

The National Weather Service has issued a “Heat Advisory” for Wednesday and it is anticipated (high confidence) that additional Heat Advisories will be needed for Thursday and Friday with Heat indices approaching or exceeding 100F.


Please find attached a press release for this event. Para Español presione aqui


There are a few additions to this press release from the previous heat-related press releases:

  1. The West Side Branch of the Library is now open (see hours)
  2. Raco Theodore Pool is now open.
  3. Language has been added to reflect the current level of community COVID-19 transmission and the CDC Guidance pertaining to the use of masks in the indoor setting, regardless of vaccination status.


We will be monitoring the situation and will provide updates, if conditions warrant.


Stay safe and well.

Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at the NH Fisher Cats

Published: 06/28/2021 2:42 PM

NH Fisher Cats and Manchester Health Department Partner to Provide Covid-19 Vaccines

Manchester, NH - The New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays Double-A affiliate) in partnership with the Manchester Health Department will be offiering a free COVID-19 vaccination 'Pop-Up Clinic' at the upcoming game on Wednesday June 30th, against the Portland Sea Dogs from 5-8 pm., outside the main entrance of the Delta Dental Stadium. Game Tickets are not required to receive the vaccine. 

Anyone aged 12 or older is welcome, and the children under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian present. The Johnson & Johnson (Janssen), one does vaccine will be availble for people 18 and older and the Pfizer/BioNTech, two dose vaccine will be available for people 12 years of age or older.

"Our best weapon against COVID-19, including any future variants, is to have as many people fully vaccinated as possible," said Phil Alexakos, Chief Operations Officer, City of Manchester Health Department. "We continue to work with our community partners to offer COVID-19 vaccines in a variety of settings to make them as convenient as possible, and we're glad to have Fisher Cats joining us in the effort.

A 2-for-1 Fisher Cats Ticket voucher will be made availble for those who choose to recieve the vaccine.

"We're thankful for the oppertunity to work with the Manchester Health Department and serve as a vaccination site on Wednesday." said Fisher Cats President Mike Ramshaw. "It's been a thrill to reopen our gates and see fans return to the ballpark this season, and we look forward to continue providing a safe, family-friendly atmosphere all summer long."

Download the offical Press Release here.

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