Health Department

For a public health or an environmental health emergency, the Health Officer or his staff are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, through the non-emergency Clifton Police Department at (973) 470-5911. If the emergency is life-threatening, or requires immediate police, fire or ambulatory response, call 9-1-1.

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The Department of Human Services was created by the City Manager and approved by the Mayor and Municipal Council under a plan for the reorganization of municipal departments effective July 1, 1996. This new division which incorporates the Health Department, Recreation Department, Senior Citizen Program, and Welfare Department is an attempt to more effectively and efficiently serve the human services needs of the citizens of Clifton.

The Director of Human Services acts as the Health Officer and supervises the Health Department staff. In addition, the director supervises the Recreation Division which is headed by a Recreation Supervisor, the Senior Citizen Program which is headed by a Program Supervisor and the Welfare program which provides services to Clifton residents through a contract with the Passaic County Department of Social Services. The Clifton Health Department is a contractual health agency serving the Township of Little Falls.

Public Health Videos

Produced by the American Public Health Association, APHA members answer the age-old question, "What is public health?

Watch the Public health is Return on Investment (ROI) video. APHA is happy to announce the launch of a new video that answers the question, "Is public health a return on investment?" This video shows how public health surrounds us and has an impact in all aspects of our lives, and why we need to prioritize public health funding. Watch to learn how public health saves both money and lives, and share with others to help us spread the message.

2020 Summer Rabies Clinics

Clifton Health Department Documents

Coronavirus Disease 2019 COVID-19 InfoSheet SHORT
COVID19 County Flyer

Coronavirus Resources

Fact sheet on what we know so far about the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

What you can do to protect yourself during the current outbreak of 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV):

Health Alert: Travelers from China

Useful handwashing fact sheets:

New Jersey Health Commissioner Asks Individuals Who Attended Westchester County Religious Events to Self-Quarantine

Out of an abundance of caution, the New Jersey Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli is asking individuals who attended religious events at the Temple Young Israel in New Rochelle, NY on February 22 and 23 to self-quarantine until March 8.

This recommendation is based on a public health assessment and guidance issued yesterday by Westchester County Health Department yesterday, and is based upon a case of COVID-19 in a person who attended this temple.

“While the risk to any given individual is likely to be low, we felt it was important to share this guidance for any New Jersey residents who may have attended these services and events,” said Health Commissioner Judith Persichilli.

Self-quarantine is used to separate and restrict the movement of people who may have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. A quarantine means that both adults and children, should remain at home during this period. This means they should not go to work, attend school, go shopping or attend religious services or gatherings anywhere and should have no guests, visitors or staff in their homes during this period.

If individuals are experiencing symptoms, they should call their healthcare provider in advance before visiting.

The Department continues to remind residents to take necessary precautions to protect themselves from all respiratory viruses, such as washing their hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when sick.

A free, 24/7 hotline is being operated by the New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), also known as the New Jersey Poison Center. The hotline, staffed with trained healthcare professionals, is available at 1-800-222-1222.

The New Jersey Public Health Environmental Laboratories (PHEL) in West Trenton has the ability to test individuals for the novel coronavirus. The Department has learned that it will receive another 500 test kits from the CDC tomorrow.

Adult Perceptions of Adolescents Survey - Dr. Dranoff

Interested in taking part in an exciting and important pilot survey? Dr. Steven Dranoff, a Clifton psychologist, is conducting a study among adults in the City of Clifton that examines adults’ perceptions of adolescents. Recent findings in adolescent development have highlighted the extent to which risk behavior for adolescents is shaped, in part, by their environment. These findings highlight the importance of the adults in teens’ lives, who provide steady guidance steeped in understanding of adolescent needs and emotional limitations.

The short whiteboard animations you will view focus on the common and normal misperceptions that adults tend to have about adolescents. Within a few brief minutes, these animations will outline the common dead-ends and conflicts that these misunderstandings lead to and then offer different, more constructive approaches based on the latest clinical research. You will have a chance to watch two short animated videos that run for approximately 7 minutes each.

Please click the link below that will take you to a private, confidential and protected site to watch the videos and answer some questions anonymously. At the conclusion of this pilot survey, we will receive feedback about how helpful these videos have been to you. We are truly appreciative of your help in participating in this important and helpful pilot project for our community.