Office of Public Health

The Office of Public Health (OPH) provides health and wellness information to residents through workshops, health fairs and activities such as awareness walks and lecture series’. The goal of the office is to promote optimal health for residents through public health education and positive interaction. The staff of OPH and its partners are committed to creating a healthy Elizabeth through the facilitation of the following programs:

EMID

The Elizabeth Municipal ID (EMID) is a photo Identification (ID) card issued to residents by the City of Elizabeth. The program was developed in response to interactions with residents in our various programs who did not have current, valid ID. The EMID is issued to Elizabeth residents only, using a rigorous 6-Point ID system. To obtain ID, residents must provide proof of identity and residence. The documentation provided is verified by City of Elizabeth staff using state of the art equipment.

Partnership with Public Library

Through our partnership with the Elizabeth Public Library, residents can access the library using the EMID card, as their library card is attached. With the implementation of this program, we wish to offer the maximum amount of services and resources to our residents while providing pride and civic engagement. Several local businesses offer discounts to residents who present the EMID when shopping or dining. The Elizabeth Municipal ID Program operates at the Elizabeth Public Library, 2nd Floor on Monday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m, Thursday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information contact Penny Meredith at 908-820-4060.

EMAC

The Elizabeth Municipal Alliance Committee (EMAC) is a comprehensive and coordinated effort by the City of Elizabeth and community based organizations to reduce alcoholism and drug abuse in Elizabeth. The primary goal is to support and promote drug and alcohol prevention programs throughout the City. Alliance members facilitate programs, participate in community events and speak at events sharing the latest information on drug trends and offering education on resources available to youth and their families. For further information, or to request EMAC participation at an event please contact Andera Topping, Coordinator at 908-820-4055.

Public Health Education

The Office of Public Health’s health Educators facilitate workshops on Diabetes, Hypertension, Lead Poisoning prevention and intervention, and many other health and wellness topics. If you are interested in having our educators speak to your group, please contact Cheryl Abdur Rahman at 908-820-4246.

Lead Poisoning Prevention

The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides education, screening, and case management for Children ages 0 to 6 years old. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of children effected by lead poisoning through education, encourage treatment for those that have lead poisoning through case management and ensure that children are living in a lead safe environment through inspection and testing. If you would like to have your child screened, or get information on resources for a child with lead poisoning call Penny Meredith at 908-820-4060.

Spin Class

To promote health and reduce obesity in the City, The OPH offers free Spin Class to residents on Tuesday and Thursday at Miller Evans Logan Recreational Center 161 First Street from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Cheryl Abdur Rahman at 908-820-4246

Caregiver’s Support Program

Many residents in the City need support services for daily living due to illness or disability. The Caregivers Support Program is designed to support and encourage those who provide this assistance. Mothers of disabled children, residents caring for elderly parents, siblings, or friends are invited to attend this support group meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at the Stephen Sampson Senior Center 850 Anna Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, contact Cheryl Abdur Rahman at 908-820-4246