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Board of Health

Recent Updates

Residents are now able to get four free COVID tests shipped to their address here

A Flu clinic is being offered at Norris School on October 10 from 11a-1p. Sign up here!

Find a local COVID vaccine with the Vaccine Finder. 

Destination Health: Vaccination and Travelers’ Clinic

Public Health Advisory: Pequot Pond (Hampton Ponds), Southampton and Westfield

Guidance on how to minimize exposure to PFAS in local fish



General Responsibilities and Duties

The Board of Health is a three-member board, elected by the residents of the Town of Southampton. The Board of Health is required by state and local laws and regulations to perform many critical duties related to the protection of public health. These duties cover a wide range of public health control and prevention activities, including: disease surveillance; the promotion of sanitary conditions in housing, recreational facilities, and food establishments; elimination of nuisances; the protection of the environment; and numerous other responsibilities. The enforcement and inspection activities ensure a safe and healthy environment in which to live and work.

Board of Health Members

Select Board Liaison - Stephen Johnson

Position Name Expires
Chair Kaitlin Swistak-Rooks 2026
Member Kathryn A. Savarese 2024
Member Leah Nero Carrasquillo 2025


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The health department accomplishes this through the following key activities:

  • Researching, planning, evaluating, and developing programs, policies and regulations
  • Permitting and inspection of septic systems
  • Licensing and inspection of restaurants, inns, pools, beaches, recreational camps
  • Education and consultation
  • Sponsoring public health clinics such as vaccine clinics
  • Environmental compliance investigation and enforcement
  • Communicable disease reporting and follow up
  • Public health emergency planning
  • Food safety investigation and enforcement
  • Housing code inspection and enforcement
  • Tobacco Control
  • Animal control and inspections
  • Building, Zoning, and Planning Board application review and comment

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Or by Appointment

Mailing Address

Southampton Board of Health
210 College Highway, Suite 4
Southampton, MA 01073

Health Department Staff

Public Health Director – Geraldine Swanson, MPA
Phone: (413)-529-1003
Fax: (413)-529-6847

Health Agent – Charles Kaniecki
Phone: (413)529-1003

Transfer Station Manager – Randall Kemp
Phone: (413) 527-3666

Sharps Program

The Board of Health office provides approved sharps containers for disposal. Approved disposal containers may be picked up at the Board of Health office in the Town Hall and returned for disposal.

Mosquito Information

Mosquito Control Projects and Districts

Preventing Mosquito Bites

Septic Systems and Maintanence

How Septic Systems Work

How to Care for Your Septic System



Fee Schedule

Permit Applications

Links of Interest