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Montclair Township

Health & Human Services

Susan Portuese, Director Health & Human ServicesTownship of Montclair Municipal Building
205 Claremont Avenue
Third Floor
Montclair, NJ 07042

Phone: 973-509-4970

Susan Portuese, Health Officer, Department Director
973-509-4970

For Vital Statistics, Cat and Dog Licenses, Registrar, please call the Health Department main number: 973-509-4973

Health Education: Erica Abbruzzese, Health Educator
973-509-4969

Social Services and Senior Citizen Services: Sue Portuese
973-509-4970

For Animal Control Issues, contact Melissa Neiss at the following numbers during the hours posted:

  • Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. call the Department of Health and Human Services 973-509-4970
  • For emergencies, weekends, holidays and after office hours call the Police Department: 973-744-1234

Department of Health and Human Services Enforcement of health and housing regulations, public health nursing, animal control, environmental health,senior citizen services, Section 8 housing, Registrar’s office.

Our Mission Statement: To protect and enhance the health and the quality of life of Montclair residents through preventative activities, coordination of interagency efforts, and interventions designed to promote positive health behaviors.

Keith Costello, Senior REHS
Stephen Rufolo, REHS
Robert Jernick, REHS
Margaret Brodowski, Director of Nursing
Barbara Prichard, Public Health Nurse
Mary Tistler, Public Health Nurse
Madelyn Goglia, Public Health Nurse
Erica Abruzzese, Health Educator
Celia Trembulak, Program Coordinator
Anne Shields, Vital Statistics, Registrar
Linda Tate, Administrative Assistant
Arlene Karp, Administrative Assistant



Health Department to Receive $18K Grant PDF Print E-mail

Friday, November 28, 2014

The Montclair Health Department will receive a grant of more that $18,000 to upgrade its inspection software and purchase new laptops for inspectors to conduct inspections in the field.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) earlier this week announced the Year 2 (FY 2015) award winners of the AFDO-administered Retail Program Standards Grant Program. Montclair and Vineland were the only New Jersey municipalities to receive awards.

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Health Department: Flu Shots Available Nov 17, 24 and Twice Monthly PDF Print E-mail

Sunday, November 16, 2014

UPDATE: The Montclair Health Department will hold flu immunization clinics on the following dates:

Monday, November 17, 3:00-6:00 p.m., Montclair Municipal Building (1st Floor Council Chambers), 205 Claremont Avenue.

Monday, November 24, 9:00-10:30 a.m. at the Cedar Grove Municipal Building, 525 Pompton Avenue.

Monday, November 24, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Verona Community Center, 880 Bloomfield Avenue.

The Health Department will also offer flu vaccine at the regular immunization clinics from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the first and third Mondays of the month.

In addition to the adult vaccination clinics, this year, the Health Department will be vaccinating children ages 11 and older. Minors must be accompanied by their parent. This immunization is not recommended for anyone allergic to eggs, chicken feathers, chicken dander, or with history of Guillian-Barre syndrome. Persons who are immunosuppressed due to chemotherapy or AIDS must consult with their own physicians.

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A Message from the Health Officer: Ebola in the US PDF Print E-mail

The Montclair Health Department is currently monitoring the Ebola virus detected in the United States. We understand that this situation can be alarming, however, the Department reminds the public that Ebola infection is the result of direct contact with blood and body fluids of an infected individual. It is NOT spread by casual contact or through the air, water or food.

Ebola Facts Infographic; You can't get Ebola through air, water or food

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Health Dept Introduces “Stoop Time” Group for Women PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Health Department is offering Stoop Time -- a place for “mature” women to discuss the ups and downs of life throughout its different phases with a small group of others who are experiencing similar change. Some women may be experiencing a loss of a significant other; some have lost a pet, a neighborhood, a job, a familiar home, adult children moving away or world and cultural changes. Leah Johnston-Rowbotham, MS, APRN, BC has created and willl facilitate the Stoop Time Group.

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Health Dept Forms Food Allergy Support Group PDF Print E-mail

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Montclair Health Department announces a Food Allergy Support Group for Parents with Food Allergic Children. Whether you are new to food allergies or facing a new milestone in your child's life, meeting other families who are in the same situation and sharing experiences and support can be so helpful. More importantly, you understand that you are not alone. The Montclair Health Department invites Parents with Food Allergic children to come and join the group. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Montclair Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue, third floor. A Public Health nurse from the Montclair Health Department, and a parent advocate are the group’s co-facilitators.

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