Department of Public Health

What we do

The Department of Public Health works to make Philadelphia a healthy place to live, work, and play.

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.

We also convene two boards that provide guidance on policy and regulatory issues: the Board of Health and the Air Pollution Control Board.

By providing a safety net to the City’s most vulnerable people, we work to keep everyone in Philadelphia healthy.


1101 Market St.
13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


  • Mar
    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Fumo Family Library, 2437 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA

    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

    March 18, 2019
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 1 hour
    Fumo Family Library, 2437 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA

    With Philadelphia, and the nation, in the grips of an opioid overdose crisis, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health is now offering FREE training on overdose awareness and overdose reversal using naloxone, or Narcan.

    Trainings will be held at the Fumo Family Library. 

    Drug abuse and overdoses are an ongoing crisis in Philadelphia, killing more than 1200 people in 2017. The Medical Examiner reports that 88% of our fatal overdoses involve opioids, including heroin and fentanyl. This training will teach you concrete actions you can take to help combat the opioid crisis and prevent fatal overdoses. Trainees will learn:

    • Information about the current state of the opioid crisis in Philadelphia
    • Potential risk factors for opioid overdose
    • Signs and symptoms of an opioid overdose 
    • Information about naloxone including: what it is, how to use it, & where to get it*
    • The medical protocol for responding to an opioid overdose
    • Information about PA's Standing Order for Naloxone, Act 139, and the Good Samaritan protection

    Learn more about naloxone and how to get it  

    For more information on Philadelphia's plans to address the opioid crisis.

    To register or address any questions, please contact

    Registration encouraged, but not required. Walk-ins welcome!

  • Mar
    PPP Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training
    9:30 am to 11:30 am
    2913 Kensington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA

    PPP Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

    March 20, 2019
    9:30 am to 11:30 am, 2 hours
    2913 Kensington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA
    Registration for Individuals
    Registration for Groups
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    Prevention Point Philadelphia (PPP) provides trainings to participants, providers and community members on how to use Naloxone (Narcan), a medication that reverses an opioid overdose.  

    These Overdose Prevention and Reversal Training sessions will be held at Prevention Point Philadelphia - 2913 Kensington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA  19134. Please enter the building on Monmouth Street and announce at the front desk that you are here for the scheduled Overdose Prevention and Reversal Training.

    Training lasts about 2 hours depending on the questions/discussions during the training session.  PPP's  Education and Outreach Coordinator, Elvis Rosado will be facilitating the training.  He does not distribute Naloxone (Narcan) kits but Elvis will discuss and provideinformation on how to obtain Naloxone (Narcan).  Elvis will have hisside-kick "Manni" (CPR Manikin) and will demonstrate an Overdose Reversal.  Flyers will be available for participants listing services Prevention Point provides on a daily basis as well as a brochure on "Savea Life" (brochure contains signs and steps on Overdose Reversal). Elvis will cover topics on the history of drugs, statistics, harm reduction and overdose prevention. 

    Participants will learn:
    —How to identify symptoms of an overdose, 
    —What to do when someone overdoses, and
    —How to administer naloxone.
  • Mar
    DBHIDS Naloxone Overdose Prevention Training
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    801 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 7th Floor Large Conference Room

    DBHIDS Naloxone Overdose Prevention Training

    March 20, 2019
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    801 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 7th Floor Large Conference Room

    Register here  or email

    In an effort to increase awareness and enhance overall knowledge of the opioid epidemic’s impact on our region, the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS), is offering monthly lifesaving Naloxone (Narcan) Overdose Prevention Training.

    Naloxone (Narcan) Overdose Prevention & Rescue Training participants will learn:

    • How to recognize harm-reduction approaches to high-risk behaviors, including substance misuse
    • The immediate protocols for effectively administering Naloxone (Narcan), the life-saving medication developed to help prevent fatal opioid overdoses
    • The importance of the Good Samaritan Act 139 and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Standing Order for Naloxone (Narcan)

    For more information, visit the Mayor's Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic in Philadelphia