Health and Social Services

  • National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 27th
  • FDA Advisory on Certain Cinnamon Products due to Elevated Lead Content
  • Updated CDC Guidance on Respiratory Viral Illnesses
  • Hartford Healthcare Mobile Mammography Event at St. Rose Church
  • Recall of WanaBana, Schnucks, and Weis Apple Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches

The Health Department provides residents and businesses with services both remotely and in-person. We encourage you to use our online services for the most timely and efficient response, however Town Hall is now open to the public so we may better serve those who are unable to access our services remotely.

  • All complaints regarding bedbugs, unsanitary conditions, and others should be entered via the My East Hartford App with photos and contact information.
  • All foodservice license applications and renewals must be submitted to the Health Department through the Town’s online permitting portal.  This includes licenses for restaurants, groceries, delis, mobile food vendors, and temporary events.  Instructions for using this system can be found at this link.
  • Requests for record reviews and septic system information can be made in person, by phone (860) 291-7324 or by email 
  • For questions regarding Covid-19 and flu vaccinations, please call the main Health Department number at (860) 291-7324.
  • For any other Health Department-related inquiries please email
  • To report suspected outbreaks of apparent infectious diseases or suspected bioterrorismevents, contact (860) 528-4401 after hours 24/7/365.
  • For WIC Program certification, education and EBT recharge appointments call (860) 528-1458 ext. #1, or visit

The Health Department preserves and protects the public's health. Programs include water quality assurance, sewage disposal, food protection, pool/school/lead and housing investigations and communicable disease control. The Department provides educational programs on health issues and influenza immunizations for seniors. Five divisions comprise the Department of Health and Social Services. They include Administration, Environmental Health, Community Health and Nursing, WIC, and Social Services. The Department also administers the Public Health Emergency/Bioterrorism, Farmer's Market, Mosquito Abatement, and USDA WIC Nutrition Programs.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Laurence Burnsed, MPH, MBA Director (860) 291-7324
Michael O'Connell, RS Public Health Supervisor (860) 291-7329
Louise F. Benjamin MS, RS Public Health Sanitarian (860) 291-7327
Anton Trojanowski MPH, REHS/RS Public Health Sanitarian (860) 291-7328
Patty Mascoli CDN, CLC, MS WIC Coordinator (860) 291-7192
Julia Maurer, MPH Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator (860) 291-7458
Amanda Garrity Deputy Health Director (860) 291-7325
Sandy Zuffelato MSN, RN (Public Health Nurse) (860) 291-7324
Ronda Doherty BSN, RN (Community Health and Nursing Supervisor) (860) 291-7324