Health Department

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The Athol Board of Health is required by state and local laws to perform critical duties related to the protection of public health. These duties cover a broad range of responsibilities with the guiding principle that many community health problems are best handled by local officials familiar with local conditions. The Board of Health:

  • Enforces health and safety codes pertaining to food, housing, pools, beaches, tanning, lead poisoning prevention and more.
  • Protects the environment by overseeing septic systems, wells, illegal dumping, trash hauling, testing swimming water, sales of compost bins, and more.
  • Plays a key role in disease prevention and health promotion providing flu vaccine clinics, public education, communicable disease follow-up and more.
  • Particpiates in emergency preparedness.

Appointing Authority
Town Manager, Shaun A. Suhoski

Board Members

Name Title
Marty Miarecki Chair
Joan Hamlett Vice-Chair
Norma Purple Member

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Deborah Vondal, RS Health Agent (978) 249-7934
Jane O'Brien Assistant Health Agent
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