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

  • Dec
    19
    DBHIDS Naloxone Overdose Prevention & Rescue Training
    10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    801 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, 7th Floor Large Conference Room

    DBHIDS Naloxone Overdose Prevention & Rescue Training

    December 19, 2018
    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  

    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 & Rescue Training.

    Join us for an informative session and learn to become a trained ambassador of overdose prevention methods. The combined DBHIDS 2016 and 2017 Naloxone (Narcan) Overdose Prevention & Rescue training series, has trained approximately 1000 individuals; and distributed upwards of 250 Narcan kits.

    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


  • Dec
    21
    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    McPherson Square Branch, 601 E Indiana Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA

    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

    December 21, 2018
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hour
    McPherson Square Branch, 601 E Indiana Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA
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    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 Free Library of Philadelphia McPherson Square Branch. 

    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

    *Medication not provided

    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 overdose.prevention@phila.gov.

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

  • Jan
    9
    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Welsh Road Library, 9233 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19114, USA

    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

    January 9, 2019
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 1 hour
    Welsh Road Library, 9233 Roosevelt Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19114, USA
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    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 Free Library of Philadelphia Welsh Road Branch. 

    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

    *Medication not provided

    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 overdose.prevention@phila.gov.

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


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