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Department of Public Health

What we do

The mission of the Department of Public Health is to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians and to provide a safety net for people who are disproportionately impacted by societal factors that limit their access to healthcare and other resources necessary for optimal health.

Our department:

  • Provides high-quality medical care at City health centers.
  • Prevents the spread of illness and infectious disease.
  • Protects against environmental hazards.
  • Encourages healthy behaviors to prevent chronic disease.
  • Plans and responds to health emergencies.
  • Ensures the quality and accessibility of health services.
  • Sets health policy.
  • Collects, analyzes, and reports on a variety of public health data.

Two boards provide us with guidance on policy and regulatory issues: the Board of Health and the Air Pollution Control Board.

The Medical Examiner’s Office (MEO) determines the cause and manner of death for sudden, unexpected, and unnatural deaths in Philadelphia.

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1101 Market St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Events

  • Feb
    27
    COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic
    8:00 am to 12:30 pm
    Health Center 4, 4400 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

    COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

    February 27, 2024
    8:00 am to 12:30 pm, 5 hours
    Health Center 4, 4400 Haverford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
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    COVID-19 vaccine is available by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call 215-685-2933.
  • Feb
    27
    Community COVID-19 Testing Event (Health Department)
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Bethany Baptist Church, 5747 Warrington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA

    Community COVID-19 Testing Event (Health Department)

    February 27, 2024
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Bethany Baptist Church, 5747 Warrington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA
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    • No out-of-pocket costs
    • No appointments required
    • Walk-up testing with on-site registration
    • PCR and Rapid testing available.
  • Feb
    27
    Resource Hub: Pick up at-home COVID-19 tests (distribution only)
    10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Whitman Plaza, 330 W Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA

    Resource Hub: Pick up at-home COVID-19 tests (distribution only)

    February 27, 2024
    10:00 am to 5:00 pm, 7 hours
    Whitman Plaza, 330 W Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA
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    • Distribution of at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests
    • No Insurance or ID required
    • Each person eligible to receive two at-home testing kit
    • PDPH staff available on-site to provide instructions on how to use the test, isolation/quarantine guidance, and answer questions

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