Health and Human Services

The Wakefield Health Department promotes the personal and environmental health of the community. We achieve this through education and policy development supported by enforceable regulations and collaboration with other people and organizations. We offer a wide variety of services including, but not limited to: vaccinations, inspections of restaurants and rental housing, informational sheets, healthy eating and living activities, pest control, and a medication take-back and sharps dropbox. 


Rabies reports and burial permits should be submitted to the Town Clerk's office, not the Health Department.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Preparedness

Wakefield leaders have been in consistent contact to learn the latest Coronavirus guidance and review preparedness plans across Town disciplines. Health Department Director Anthony Chui and Emergency Management Director Thomas Walsh are leading representatives from area public safety, EMS, school, business, and healthcare facilities in a discussion about Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations.

Visit our dedicated COVID-19 page for updates and information.

Board of Health

The Wakefield Board of Health is the policy-making, rule-making, and adjudicatory body for public health. State law give boards of health specific authority and duties. The Wakefield Board of Health may make local public health rules that apply throughout the board’s jurisdiction. 

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Catherine Dhingra Prevention, Outreach, Youth Services Manager 339-219-4034

Health Department Contacts


Director, Wakefield / Melrose / Stoneham


Sr. Environmental Health Specialist, Wakefield / Melrose / Stoneham


Health Inspector


Melissa Lowry

Public Health Nurse, Wakefield / Melrose / Stoneham


Sandra Brown

Asst. Public Health Nurse


Office Administrator


Prevention and Wellness


Prevention, Outreach, & Youth Services Manager; Grants Specialist


Amy Chiaravalloti

Wellness & Prevention Coordinator


Human Services Contacts


Social Services Coordinator

781-670-4935 (cell)
339-219-4038 (office)