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.

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

  • Sep
    18
    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

    September 18, 2019
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm, 2 hours
    801 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 7th Floor Large Conference Room
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    Register here  or email Pamela.McClenton@phila.gov

    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


  • Sep
    23
    Free Narcan Day @ Holmesburg Library
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136, USA

    Free Narcan Day @ Holmesburg Library

    September 23, 2019
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours
    Holmesburg Library, 7810 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136, USA
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    Health Department staff will be at branches of the Free Library to answer questions about Philadelphia's opioid epidemic, provide drug overdose training, and distribute Narcan. 1 kit per person (while supplies last). For more information contact overdose.prevention@phila.gov.
  • Sep
    30
    Free Narcan Day @ Katherine Drexel Library
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    Katharine Drexel Library, 11099 Knights Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154, USA

    Free Narcan Day @ Katherine Drexel Library

    September 30, 2019
    1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 3 hours
    Katharine Drexel Library, 11099 Knights Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19154, USA
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    Health Department staff will be at branches of the Free Library to answer questions about Philadelphia's opioid epidemic, provide drug overdose training, and distribute Narcan. 1 kit per person (while supplies last). For more information contact overdose.prevention@phila.gov.

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