Board of Health



Colleen E. Fermon

Email: Colleen Fermon


Jennifer Brown

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Pamela Lara

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25 Green Street
Ipswich, MA 01938
Phone: (978) 356-6606
Fax: (978) 356-6680
Town Hall is open Mondays 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays – Thursdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon. Offices are closed on weekends and holidays.

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The Ipswich Board of Health is comprised of three members appointed by the Town Manager for 3 year staggered terms. The Board of Health meets once a month. Current Board members are Susan Hubbard, Chairperson, Dr. Spencer Amesbury and Charles Hill.

The Town Manager appoints the Director of Public Health. The Department of Public Health carries out the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Health conferred or imposed by law.

The Public Health Nurse is responsible for disease prevention and disease surveillance activities and offers monthly wellness clinics that are free for residents of all ages. At the wellness clinics, the Public Health Nurse provides blood pressure, heart rate and body weight checks and is available to answer any medication or other health related questions you may have. Contact Pamela Lara, Public Health Nurse, at 978-356-1654.

Public Health Overview 2014

The Ipswich Board of Health is responsible for the enforcement of State Sanitary Codes, State Environmental Codes, and Board of Health Regulations. Areas of responsibility include:

Air Pollution, Bathing Beaches, Beavers, Body Art Establishments & Practitioners, Food Establishments, Funeral Director's, Disease Prevention and Surveillance, Emergency Preparedness, Household Hazardous Waste, Housing, Mosquito Control, Motels, Pesticides, Private Supply Wells, Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools, Recreational Camps For Children, Septic Systems and Septage, Smoking and Tobacco, & Tanning Facilities.

How to handle a food emergency: [PDF] Guidance for Emergency Action Planning for Retail Food Establishments.

Here is some Personal Preparedness Planning information to help you develop your plan for emergencies and disasters for individuals, family, and businesses.
If you want to be able to assist your community during an emergency, now is the time to register.Registering is as simple as logging on to https://maresponds.org and selecting “Register Now.”

All of the Applications and Forms for the Ipswich Board of Health are available on the Board of Health Applications page or on the individual pages dealing with the topic the application is for as well as the Documents link.

Get rid of your unwanted medications Ipswich Prescription Drug Disposal Program.


Effective July 1, 2012, there is statewide ban on the disposal of needles, syringes and lancets (sharps) in household trash. Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes
You can drop off sharps at the the Ipswich Police Department.

Here is a listing of the Ipswich Board of Health [PDF] Schedule of Fees.

Things you should know about the Flu: [PDF] Flu Facts.


Sun Safety Facts and Information: Sun Safety Overview PPT, July is National UV Safety Month


Prostate Health [PDF] Prostate Health Start the Conversation brochure

                          [PDF] What You Need to Know about Prostate Cancer


Mosquito Information

[PDF] 2014 BMP-IPSWICH  [PDF] Mosquito Control Best Management Practice Plan, [PDF] EEE Fact Sheet, [PDF] Mosquito-Repellents, [PDF] WNV Fact Sheet, [PDF] faq-mosquitoes, [PDF] mosquito-spraying FAQ, [PDF] Duet Pesticide label, [PDF] Duet Pesticide MSDS, [PDF] Protect from Mosquitoes (Ipswich)


Tick information [PDF] tick-poster-check  [PDF] tickhandbook


The Board of Health also oversees the Sealer of Weights & Measures.



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Proper Use and Disposal of Needles and Syringes
Board Overview
Sealer of Weights & Measures
Tanning Facilities
Smoking and Tobacco
Ipswich Prescription Drug Disposal Program
Food Service Establishments
Board of Health Applications
Personal Preparedness Planning
Septic Systems
Recreational Camps For Children
Public and Semi-Public Swimming Pools
Private Supply Wells
Funeral Director's
Board of Health Regulations