Health Department

 

One of the main purposes of the Wayne Health Department is to prevent the premature onset of disease and disability, and to help all residents achieve healthier, more productive lives. The health department is committed to maintaining, protecting, and promoting the health of its residents through organized health promotion and disease prevention efforts. These efforts are based on state-wide standards set forth by New Jersey's Department of Health and Senior Services.

Several codes and statutes make up the "state-wide standards" established to monitor health departments. One of the most important is known as "Public Health Practice Standards of Performance for Local Boards of Health in New Jersey". Mandates established within the "Practice Standards" include the following core requirements:

  1. To develop, implement, and evaluate health promotion activities in the seven required areas (i.e., Accident Prevention, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Control, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Nutrition, Smoking Cessation, Physical Fitness and Exercise). To help meet this requirement, the Wayne Health
    Department has contracted the services of a health educator from Chilton Hospital's Community Health Department. By partnering with Chilton, Wayne has been able to provide excellent services to its residents at a fraction of the cost.
  2. To perform environmental health and safety inspections of: retail food establishments; public recreational bathing facilities; body art studios; tanning salons; massage and somatic therapy establishments; campgrounds; youth camps; septic systems and to investigate environmental and public health nuisances.
  3. To develop and implement programs that focus on preventing the spread of communicable diseases (i.e. investigation of reportable diseases; provision of immunization programs, control of rabies and zoonosis outbreaks; as well as programs to control the spread of tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases. 
  4. To provide affordable and accessible child health services. These programs are developed specifically to address the needs of infants and preschool children (i.e. well baby clinics; childhood lead poisoning screenings and a pediatric dental clinic). Space within the Health Department is made available on a regular basis to St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center for the provision of a WIC (Women, Infant and Children) Clinic.
  5. The provision of Adult Health Services is another core requirement. To address this issue, the Wayne Health Department provides a variety of low cost cancer screenings for men and women as well as programs to help identify individuals with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and various other health concerns of older adults. A low cost dental clinic is also offered periodically.
In addition to these core requirements mandated by the State, the Wayne Health Department offers other screenings based on the assessed needs of the residents of its community. Listed on the link below are the clinics and services available through the health department to residents of Wayne Township.

List of Health Department Clinics
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The Social Services Division of the Wayne Health Department administers the Work First New Jersey Program. Assistance is provided to eligible single adults, or married couples without dependent children, with cash benefits. These benefits are limited to a lifetime of 60 cumulative months.

NJ/SHARES – (New Jersey's Statewide Energy Assistance Fund) offers temporary assistance to individuals, who are not eligible for other programs, with their gas and electric bills.

S.H.I.P. – (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) – provides free assistance with health insurance to people ages 65 plus or disabled on Medicare. SHIP addresses questions about Medicare benefits and claims, supplemental medical policies, and long term care insurance.

For further information or assistance in any one of these programs, email or call the Welfare office at (973)694-1800 Ext. 3281.
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The Wayne Health Department is proud of its long-standing commitment of service to the community and is pleased with the performance of its dedicated staff: Listed below are the staff members of the Health Department.

Health Officer - MaryAnn Orapello
Health Educator - Jessica Kelly, Health Educator (a part-time position, contracted from Chilton Hospital)
Chief Sanitarian – Tom Cantisano
Sanitary Inspectors – Nancy Immediato, Luis Giraldo, Lauren Meeker, John Wozniak, and Nino Intili
Public Health Nurse Supervisor - Angela Winters
Public Health Nurses - Maryann Repice, Diane Stabile, Judith Ventrella
Animal Control - Sally Herman, Animal Shelter Manager; Kristen Woods and Karen Williams, Animal Control Officers (ACOs)
Director of Welfare - Regina Parks
Support Staff – Suman Mehta, Lois Sharkey

It is important to recognize that in order to attain the goals and objectives set forth by the health department, collaboration and "partnering" with many agencies, organizations and groups outside the health department is necessary. The health department believes that by collaborating with other agencies they will be better able to provide cost effective, timely and knowledgeable health services.