Public Health and Safety Team (PHAST): Multi-lingual, community based staff to connect people to resources and services

The Manchester Health Department’s Public Health and Safety Team’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) address public safety and health issues within the City’s 12 Wards through a partnership with the Manchester Police Department. Care coordination services by the CHW team include but are not limited to: access to basic resources, such as food, navigating health care and other support services, assistance with basic housing and safety concerns, and help with enrolling in programs/services. The team is
multicultural and collectively speaks 9 languages in addition to English (Spanish, French, Nepali, Hindi, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Kirundi, Lingala, and Yoruba).

Lead Testing & Screening

All Manchester children should receive a lead screening at one and two years of age. Older children, ages 36 to 72 months who have not been screened previously should also receive a lead screening. Lead Screenings are done by appointment only. Please call (603) 624-6466 to make an appointment.

Support for Students Experiencing Homelessness

The City of Manchester Health Department (MHD) has partnered with the Manchester School District to provide an experienced Community Health Worker to assist students/families experiencing homelessness with basic needs. The CHW can connect students/families to medical, dental, and vision providers; help them secure health insurance; assist them in completing applications or determining eligibility for Medicaid, WIC/Food Stamps, fuel/rental assistance, and other financial assistance; and connect
them to resources for food, clothing, housing, and other basic needs and social supports.

Asthma Education and Resources

Asthma is a chronic disease that often requires daily attention. The Manchester Health Department Asthma Education and Outreach Program provides families with education and outreach services in the home setting for children age 1-18 years who have been diagnosed with asthma. Our Asthma Educators assist families in understanding how to manage their child’s asthma, their child’s asthma medications, and how the environment can effect asthma. Most importantly, the Asthma Educators can help you to get your child’s asthma under control. Please call (603) 624-6466 to make an appointment.

Equine Assisted Services

Through our Unmounted Equine Programs, we also support youth, families and military veterans who have been through tragic loss, high-conflict divorce, physical or mental abuse, suicide, PTSD, substance abuse and bullying.

Child and Adolescent Department at MHCGM

The Child and Adolescent Department at MHCGM offers family, individual and group therapy services. Additionally we provide case management and medication services. Our services are offered in the community, schools, home and office.


The Manchester School District, in partnership with the Manchester City Library, will run a Bookmobile, made possible through generous donations from local businesses, community organizations and volunteers.

The Bookmobile is staffed by Manchester School District educators city librarians and volunteers. At each stop, Manchester students can choose a FREE BOOK to take home, enjoy a snack and activity. All Manchester children of any age are welcome to attend.   

Head Start & Early Head Start

Our Head Start and Early Head Start Programs are designed for infants, toddlers and pre-school children to learn the habits and tools they need to succeed in school and in life beyond school. These programs work to build your connection to your child’s development as well as providing a safe learning environment. Our Family Support Staff work with each family to connect them to community services, transportation resources, meet family goals and provide parent education as needed.

In-Home Supports

For children who live at home with their family and are eligible on the In-Home Supports (IHS) waiver, we offer the following services: Enhanced personal care: includes assistance and skills training with daily living skills, such as communication, socialization, health and personal safety, physical functioning, community involvement and client-specific goals. Family Management: the Family Manager coordinates all aspects of an individual’s program, including service agreements, IHS services, quality assurance and program budgets, and is a family’s contact person within the program. Oversight is provided for many aspects of the individual’s program including but not limited to home and community safety, medical/health care, personal care, homemaking, financial management and community mobility. Consultative Services: may include evaluation, training, mentoring and special instruction to improve the ability of the service provider, family or other care-givers to understand and support the individual’s developmental, functional, communication, socialization and health and behavioral needs. Respite services: short-term temporary relief from care taking responsibilities for the family. Environmental Modifications: adaptations to the home environment to ensure access, health and safety, as well as adaptations to vehicles to ensure the child’s safety and access to the community.