Peter Tabbot, Health Officer
(973)-983-2848 or 2849
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The Rockaway Township Division of Health provides a wide variety of clinical, environmental, administrative, educational and animal control services in accordance with state-mandated programs, administrative codes and statutes. The Division of Health is staffed with a full time Health Officer, two Public Health Nurses, two Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Animal Control Officers and support staff. In addition, the Division of Health provides public health services to the Town of Boonton through a shared services agreement. The Town of Boonton is staffed with a full-time Registered Environmental Health Specialist, full-time Public Health Nurse and administrative support staff, whose activities are overseen by Rockaway's Health Officer per state code.
The Division of Health takes pride in its many free and discounted health screenings and clinics. These programs are offered at various times throughout the year, and screenings include a semiannual cholesterol/blood chemistry clinic, female and male cancer screenings, diabetes screening and flu/pneumonia clinics. The nursing staff is also responsible for communicable disease investigation and reporting, childhood lead poisoning follow-up, adult exercise classes and many other services.
The Division of Health also offers free monthly cardiovascular screenings, free skin cancer screenings and free health promotion seminars to residents on topics such as stress management, diabetes, nutrition and parenting. The Township participates in the federal Vaccines for Children program, and eligible infants and children may receive free vaccinations and physicals through the Division of Health's monthly child health conference services.
The Division of Health investigates public health complaints, inspects retail food establishments and takes samples of food, potable and non-potable water for bacterial analysis. In addition, Division of Health staff licenses and inspects public pools, beaches, day camps and child care centers. Air and noise pollution enforcement is performed collaboratively between the Division of Health, the Police Department, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Morris County office of Public Health Management.
Rockaway Township has forged public/private partnerships with local hospitals and allied health professionals to provide state-of-the-art clinical services and health promotion programs to residents. Quarterly themed health education seminars regarding nutrition, diabetes, stress management and exercise have been planned in cooperation with the Rockaway Township Public Library. Monthly screenings are provided at the Hibernia Health Center, located on Green Pond Road, or at other locations. Please check the Division of Health calendar for a current schedule of events.
Finally, the Division of Health provides an animal control and disease surveillance program. Free rabies inoculations are provided to dogs and cats twice a year. Companion, domestic and wild animal complaints are investigated by the Township's full-time Animal Control Officer. Animal bites to humans or pets are followed up in accordance with applicable state regulations, and potentially rabid animals are delivered to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services' biological laboratory for prompt testing. The Division of Health also provides Rockaway's residents and businesses with important information about animal risks and behaviors, pest control, and the insect and rodent disease vectors present in our area.
Please check back regularly for information and announcements regarding upcoming Division of Health Programs and events. Residents with questions pertaining to public and environmental health matters may contact the Division of Health at 973-983-2848.
Division of Health Staff
Peter N. Tabbot, Health Officer
Paula Bass, Administrative Clerk
Joan Quail, Clerk
Cara Sileno, Registered Environmental Health Specialist
James Breiten, Registered Environmental Health Specialist
Susan Sooy, Public Health Nurse
Janet Hess, Public Health Nurse
Daniel McDonald, Animal Control Officer