Carol A. Chamberlain, Health Officer
Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Hepatitis A - Outbreak in Tulum, Mexico:
As of May 1, 2015, a total of 27 cases of Hepatitis A have been reported in US travelers who went to Tulum, Mexico. All of the people traveled between February 15, 2015 and March 20, 2015. The CDC recommends that travelers to Mexico get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and follow all food and water precautions. If an individual has returned from Tulum, Mexico in the last 14 days, he/she should be advised to talk to his/her health care provider about receiving a dose of Hepatitis A vaccine, which can prevent or reduce the sysmptoms of Hepatitis A, if given within 14 days of exposure. For additional information please visit www.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/mexico.
Each year the Health Department compiles data for the services and acitivities provided to the residents of Lawrence Township. This information is included on the Local Health Report. This report was reviewed by both the Lawrence Township Council and the Lawrence Township Health Advisory Board in February 2015. Attached please find a summary of the acitivities and services provided by the Health Department in 2014.
Spring Cleaning for your Medicine Cabinet:
This is a great time to include your medicine cabinet in your spring cleaning. In order to assist in this task, Lawrence Township offers a medication drop-off program to allow for the simple and convenient disposal of old medications. See flyer for more information.
Information about Ebola:
The attached provides updated information about Ebola from the New Jersey Department of Health.
Information about the Norovirus:
For information about the norovirus please access the information on this CDC link.
Emergency Preparedness for Retail Food Establishments:
The Lawrence Township Health Department has made available the attached guidelines from the New Jersey Department of Health for Retail Food Establisments to help develop an emergency action plan..
Food Safety Tips for Residents Affected with a Power Outage:
The Lawrence Township Health Department would like to offer the following information to residents who may be affected by a power outage in order to determine if food in your refrigerator is safe to eat, please review the information on this FDA link.
Tips to Reduce Conflicts and Encounters with Bears During
Even though overall bear sightings and encounters are declining again this year, New Jersey residents, particularly those living in "bear country'' in northwest New Jersey, are advised to take a few simple precautions this spring to reduce the risk of potential encounters. For more details see the attached flyer.
What You Need to Know about Coyotes and Foxes
Despite being one of the most successful urban mammals, many people are surprised to see a coyote or fox in their backyard – and that surprise often leads to panic. The good news is that there really is not much to worry about! For more details use the attached link.
Birds of Prey and the Backyard Food Chain
Birds of prey are magnificent birds. They are an important part of the ecosystems to which they belong and provide rodent control in urban ecosystems. As more wild animals are displaced by overdevelopment and human activities, it's important that we learn to peacefully coexist with them - and protect our pets at the same time. For more details see the attached flyer.Facts about Deer
The Mercer County Wildlife Center has prepared a brochure with valuable information regarding deer, the impact they have on residents, how to protect your gardens and the best way to avoid them while driving.
Screenings: On the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. the nurse conducts blood sugar and blood pressure screenings for township residents. In addition, periodic screenings are conducted for hearing, vision, and colorectal cancer.
Sexually Transmitted Disease: Free and confidential counseling, testing, and treatment are available at the Hamilton Township Health Department. Call 844-7093 for clinic hours.
HIV Counseling and Testing: Free and confidential counseling, testing, and treatment are available at Hamilton Township Health Department. Call 844-7093 for clinic hours.
Alcohol and Drug Counseling: Free information and referral are provided for anyone having questions regarding drug and/or alcohol-related problems.
The Lawrence Alcohol and Drug Alliance (LADA) is a non-profit municipal committee. The goal of LADA is to empower the community. Its membership is comprised of local leaders, municipal employees and the residents of Lawrence Township who want to be involved in preventing alcohol and drug related problems in the community. The meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. in the Lawrence Township Municipal Conference Meeting Room. For the full list of events and meetings during the year check 2015 calendar.
The Animal Control Officer responds to citizen complaints concerning domestic animals and wildlife, picks up stray animals and investigates animal bites and animal cruelty cases. A door-to-door dog and cat canvas is conducted annually by the Animal Control Officer. For an emergency after normal business hours, call 609-896-1111.
A free rabies clinic is scheduled twice a year, in January and September. The rabies vaccine is available for both dogs and cats. Cats must be in a carrier and dogs must be on a leash. Dog licenses must be obtained in January of each year and cat licenses are due every September.
Child Health Conferences are conducted each month. Infants, pre-school and school age children may attend the clinic. The clinic is staffed with a licensed pediatrician and qualified public health nurses. The services include a physical examination, growth measurements, lead screening, required immunizations, tuberculosis testing, hearing, vision and developmental assessments. This clinic is by appointment only.
Public Bathing Places: The health department monitors and inspects all public bathing places in the community to ensure safety and cleanliness.
Retail Food Establishments: The health department conducts routine inspections of retail food establishments to ensure compliance with State standards as listed in Chapter 24 of the State Health Code.. The inspector also responds to complaints and monitors recalled foods to ensure that only safe products reach the public. Retail food establishments are required to possess a food license and can use this link to access the application.
The health department responds to complaints pertaining to air and water pollution and noise control. Citizen complaints pertaining to junk, rubbish, trash and debris are investigated as well as insect and rodent complaints. The health department staff witnesses soil logs, percolation tests and the installation of disposal fields where buildings are beyond the sewer lines.
Radon kits are available for sale at the health department for measuring the level of radon in your home. Free literature is available at the health department regarding radon testing and remediation.
Information and literature are provided to the public concerning personal health and public health programs. The health educator conducts classes and lectures concerning public health and communicates with the community through newspapers, radio, lectures and literature.
Referral information is provided for any Lawrence Township resident needing assistance with a mental health problem by calling the health department.
The public health nurse provides prenatal and postpartum home visits, if requested. The purpose of this is to discuss infant care, safety and health issues. Information is also provided to residents about the services available through the health department.
The Registrar of Vital Statistics, Linda Ciosek (firstname.lastname@example.org) maintains marriage, civil union, domestic partnership, birth and death records from 1921 to present.
- Requirements for a marriage or civil union license
- Information on domestic partnership registration
- Application for a certified copy of vital record
General assistance is a program under which financial and medical aid is provided by the Mercer County Board of Social Services to persons who are citizens of the United States or have eligible alien status and are currently ineligible for participation in any other public assistance program in new Jersey. This program is available to individuals between 18 - 65 years of age, without dependent children. The Mercer County Board of Social Services is located at 200 Woolverton Street, Trenton NJ.
The County Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program is available for all pregnant and breast-feeding women, their families and children who meet the nutritional and financial guidelines. The WIC program is conducted at various sites throughout Mercer County. Appointments can be made by calling 609-989-3325. WIC medical recertification can be completed by calling the health department for an appointment.
Services are available for children, adolescents and their families in need of assistance or counseling. The following agencies may be contacted:
- Youth Emergency Services 609-396-6722 or 609-396-HELP
- CONTACT - Teen Hotline 609-882-2880
- ANCHOR House Hotline 609-396-8329