Bureau of Health
The Bureau of Health is responsible for monitoring the health status of the City of Chester, investigating public health hazards, and creating policies and programs to decrease adverse health outcomes; while enforcing laws and regulations that ensure the protection of the Chester community.
“Promoting policies, programs and partnerships to improve social determinants of health and build health equity for those who live, work, learn, and play in Chester.”
Internal Services, Protection & Compliance
PUBLIC HEALTH & NUISANCE CODE ENFORCEMENT
Inspectors within the Bureau of Health work to ensure public welfare and safety through the enforcement of City Code and investigation of nuisance complaints and hazardous community conditions including:
- Blight, deplorable or deteriorating housing conditions
- Dumping and excessive trash and debris
- High weeds & grass and all other hazardous property conditions
ANIMAL RESCUE AND CONTROL
The BOH houses a comprehensive animal rescue and control service to enforce state and local “Dog Laws”. Our seasoned animal control officer works to investigate animal cruelty and neglect for the purpose of protecting the health and safety of both our human and non-human residents.
Additional services include:
- Dog bite investigations
- Stray rescue and boarding
- Carcass removal
FOOD, PEST SANITATION & SOLICITATION MANAGEMENT
The Bureau of Health offers food, pest and solicitation management to help ensure the health and safety of the community and investigate and prevent food borne illness, unintended harm, injury and disease.
- Preventative pest management for home owners to aide in the remediation of health hazards caused by rodent infestation.
- Inspections and licensing of food establishments handling, serving or preparing food to prevent hazards related to food borne illness.
- Licenses and permits provided to vendors, peddlers, and transients.
- Joint Tobacco Enforcement Program
To report a nuisance condition, animal protection, concern of food sfety or soliciation matter please contact our office at 610.447.7770.
Community Health Education Services
The goal of the Community Health Education Division is to actively promote and encourage healthy lifestyles and behaviors through primary and secondary prevention models. Staff collaborate with internal and external partners to identify research and funding opportunities and establish evidence based programs that address chronic illness and disease in the City of Chester.
LET’S MOVE! CHESTER
In the Fall of 2012, the Bureau of Health adopted the Let’s Move! initiative launched by First Lady, Michelle Obama as a means to combat childhood obesity amongst Chester youth. Thus, our services and programs are geared toward developing positive outcomes in the following five goal areas:
- Goal I: To provide children with a healthier start, local elected officials commit to helping early care and education program providers incorporate best practices for nutrition, physical activity and screen time into their programs.
- Goal II: To empower parents and caregivers, local elected officials commit to prominently displaying MyPlate in all municipally – or county-owned or operated venues where food is served.
- Goal III: To provide healthy food in schools, local elected officials commit to increasing participation in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) and the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
- Goal IV: To improve access to healthy, affordable foods, local elected officials commit to implementing healthy and sustainable food service guidelines that are aligned with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans in all municipally – or county-owned or operated venues that serve food.
- Goal V: To increase physical activity, local elected officials commit to mapping local play spaces, completing a needs assessment, developing an action plan, and launching a minimum of three proven policies, programs or initiatives.
Our key partners include the City of Chester Department of Recreation, Chester Housing Authority, ChesPenn Health Services, Crozer Keystone Health Centers, Keystone First Health Plan, Rocky Run YMCA, Smedley Wellness Center and Widener University.
SENIOR HEALTH AND FITNESS PROGRAM
The purpose of this program is to increase the awareness of adverse health outcomes and unintended injury to older Chester residents through the provision of health promotion, nutrition and fitness activities. Our public health educator works closely with participants as a means to increase knowledge of risks associated with stroke, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes. The information provided in each session can be easily incorporated in the seniors existing daily living (EDL) activities.
CURRENT SITES SERVED
Episcopal Place at Park Row
Click here to contact us and / or schedule your site for programming
EARLY INTERVENTION & SCHOOL-BASED PROGRAMS
The Bureau of Health works with local schools and early learning institutions to provide interactive workshops for children and youth. Our trained staff deliver evidenced based content and curriculum addressing bullying, peer pressure, violence, gun safety, poison prevention, self-esteem, and substance use. Our current partners include Chester-Upland School District, Chester Community Charter Schools, Delaware County Intermediate Unit (DCIU) and Chester Charter School of the Arts.
To contact us or schedule a workshop click here.
Licenses & Applications
Licensed Food Establishments
External Community Resources
Councilman William “Al” Jacobs, Director of Public Safety
Cornell Walker, Nuisance Housing Coordinator
Ieasa A. Nichols, Public Health Commissioner
Rosetta Carter, Community Health Education Services Director
Livia Smith, Public Health, Assistant Commissioner
Leon Goode, Food Safety Coordinator