FREEHOLD, NJ – FREEHOLD, NJ – On August 1, the Borough of Keansburg became a member of the Monmouth County Health Department giving residents full access to the public health services provided by the County Health department.

“By joining the Monmouth County Health Department, Keansburg’s residents now have access to County’s public health team and the services they offer.” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the County Health Department. “These programs include a child health home visiting program, healthy traveler program, a lead-based paint abatement program, sexually transmitted disease clinic, tuberculosis clinic and a women’s health program.”

“The County will also provide many services in Keansburg that residents may not be aware of or see on a regular basis,” Curley added. “The County Health Department will conduct food inspections as part of its program to help protect food and drinking water supplies and ensure compliance with environmental health regulations, related to air, water, noise and nuisance control.”

The Monmouth County Health Department now provides public health services for residents of 27 towns: Aberdeen, Allentown, Asbury Park, Atlantic Highlands, Avon, Belmar, Bradley Beach, Englishtown, Eatontown, Farmingdale, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Keyport, Keansburg, Lake Como, Manasquan, Marlboro, Matawan, Millstone, Neptune Township, Neptune City, Oceanport, Ocean Grove, Roosevelt, Shrewsbury Township and Union Beach.  

Other Monmouth County towns receive public health services from their town or other regional health commission.

“The addition of Keansburg is another step forward in the county’s provision of shared services,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “This expansion of the County Health Department is another example of how shared services offered by county government can help a municipality while helping Monmouth County continue its leadership role in public health.”

The County has an effective program of providing shared services that include the library, police radio and public works functions.

Depending on the health service, the county Health Department provides its services in the community or as an  outreach services at the one of the county’s Human Services offices in Freehold and Ocean townships, the Neptune Housing Authority or in the Hazlet Municipal Building.

The Hazlet health services facility is located at 1766 Union Ave in Hazlet. The facility offers free or low-cost regular screenings for cholesterol, diabetes, hypertension, BMI (body mass index) and oral cancer, immunizations for adults and children, lead screening for children and Pap tests. The county’s public health nurses and other professional staff are available by appointment. To make an appointment, call the Monmouth County Health Department at 732-431-7456.

“Hazlet Township made valuable space in its municipal building available for County health services in 2010,” said Curley. “Our public health professionals are providing important health services to many of our Bayshore residents. People who live in Keansburg, as well as Aberdeen, Atlantic Highlands, Hazlet, Matawan and Union Beach can have access to these services close to home.”

Public health is the science of improving the health of a community through broad-based community health programming. The Monmouth County Health Department (MCHD) works to protect the health and welfare of the residents within the county Board of Health system. It is a full-service health department that provides residents with health education, clinical and preventive health services, environmental and consumer health programs, communicable disease control and public health preparedness.

MCHD is overseen by the Monmouth County Board of Health. Established in 1978, the Board is composed of nine members who are appointed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Freeholder Board’s function is to establish policy, and govern the services provided by the Monmouth County Health Department. The Board's mission is to empower residents of Monmouth County to achieve optimum health through the provision of the essential public health services.

The MCHD serves as a field office of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJDHSS) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and enforces the provisions of the State Sanitary Code and regulations as well as, local codes and ordinances that protect public health.

The department also delivers a modern and manageable array of public health services as required by State law and provides leadership in response to public health issues and threats.

The County Health Department encourages all residents to screen regularly for common health concerns. If your town does not participate in the County Health Department, contact your local health department or town hall for information about low cost or free screenings that may be available to you.

For more information about the many services provided by the Monmouth County Health Department, log onto the county Web site at visitmonmouth.com or call 732-431-7456.