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Community Health Assessment 2014

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health collects, analyzes, and reports on a wide variety of public health data, including data related to births and deaths, HIV, STDs, immunizations, children’s health, smoking, obesity, air quality, and food safety.

These data inform the Department’s programs and policies. In addition, they enable the public and our partners to understand the health challenges faced by Philadelphians.

 Archived reports can be found here. The latest reports can be found below.

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Overview of Health in Philadelphia
Community Health Assessment 2014
The Department has developed a Community Health Assessment (CHA) as part of its efforts to achieve public health accreditation by 2015.

A CHA is a systematic assessment of population health that highlights key public health challenges and improvements in the jurisdiction. For Philadelphia, the CHA encompasses 13 public health domains, reflecting local priorities and those identified by Healthy People 2020 and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings.

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Births and Deaths
Vital Statistics
The Department products an annual report on births and deaths among Philadelphia residents. NOTE: The Philadelphia Department of Public Health does not issue or maintain birth or death certificates. Please visit the Pennsylvania Department of Health or call (215) 560-3054.

Philadelphia Maternal Mortality Report, 2010-2012 (2015)
This report focuses on the pregnancy-related deaths in 2010-2012 that were reviewed by the Philadelphia Maternal Mortality Review Team.

Philadelphia Child Death Review Report, 2009-2010 (2013)
This report focuses on the children whose deaths in 2009 and 2010 were reviewed by the Philadelphia Child Death Review Team.

Philadelphia Homeless Death Review Report, 2009-10 (2012)
This report focuses on the homeless people whose deaths in 2009 and 2010 were reviewed by the Philadelphia Homeless Death Review Team.

More reports:
Fatality Review Program
Maternal, Child & Family Health

HIV, STD, and Communicable Diseases

HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report (2013)
This report summarizes data on new and pre-existing cases of HIV and AIDS, including the method of transmission. Data are presented by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and geography.

Division of Disease Control Annual Report (2012)
This report summarizes the diseases and conditions that health care providers and laboratories are required to report to PDPH, such as STDs, hepatitis, influenza, and vaccine-preventable conditions.

More reports:
AIDS Activities Coordinating Office

Disease Control

Smoking, Obesity, and Related Chronic Diseases

Get Healthy Philly Annual Report (2013)
This report summarizes the efforts of the Department of Public Health and its partners in promoting healthy eating, active living, and smoke-free individuals and communities.

Smoking, Obesity, and Related Chronic Conditions (2014)
Pages 58-106 of the Community Health Assessment provide the latest data on smoking, obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. They are available for Philadelphia over time, by race-ethnicity, and by neighborhood.

More reports:
Get Healthy Philly

Environmental Health

Philadelphia Air Quality Report (2012)
This report provides an annual summary of air quality in Philadelphia.

More reports:
Air Management
Environmental Health


Data Requests
To request additional data, please complete all sections of the data request form and email  the Director of Policy and Planning. Data can be provided permitting that time and resources are available. Not all requests can be met, including those that require extensive data processing.

Department of Public Health Institutional Review Board (IRB)
The IRB reviews all research proposals involving persons receiving services directly from or funded by/through the Department of Public Health, the Department of Behavioral Health, the Department of Finance, and the Office of Risk Management. The IRB also reviews proposals involving data from the Medical Examiner's Office as well as proposals submitted with a request for review by other City departments.

Health Commissioner’s Office Review Committee
This committee reviews all research proposals to ensure that research involving PDPH data, staff or clients supports the mission of the Department.

Scientific Publications
Department of Public Health staff regularly publish articles in scientific journals that help advance public health science and practice.

Other Public Health Data

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