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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.

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.

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

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

Health Department update on monkeypox

The Department of Public Health has released an update about monkeypox, including information about:

  • Transmission, symptoms, and risk factors.
  • How you can protect yourself.
  • What to do if you think you have been exposed.
  • What you should do if you have symptoms.
  • How to get vaccinated against monkeypox.

To find out more, visit: The latest on monkeypox in Philadelphia.

Events

  • Aug
    13
    PDPH Mobile Testing Unit - Community COVID-19 Testing Event
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    Holy Temple Church, 1706 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

    PDPH Mobile Testing Unit - Community COVID-19 Testing Event

    August 13, 2022
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    Holy Temple Church, 1706 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
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    • No out-of-pocket costs
    • No appointments required
    • Walk-up testing with on-site registration
    • Rapid testing offered
  • Aug
    13
    PDPH Mobile Testing Unit - Community COVID-19 Testing Event
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm
    National Wholesale Liquidators, 900 Orthodox St, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USA

    PDPH Mobile Testing Unit - Community COVID-19 Testing Event

    August 13, 2022
    9:00 am to 1:00 pm, 4 hours
    National Wholesale Liquidators, 900 Orthodox St, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USA
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    • No out-of-pocket costs
    • No appointments required
    • Walk-up testing with on-site registration
    • Rapid testing offered
  • Aug
    13
    Distribution Only At Home COVID Tests-Mt. Enon Baptist Church Resource Hub
    9:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Mt Enon Baptist Church, 500 Snyder Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA

    Distribution Only At Home COVID Tests-Mt. Enon Baptist Church Resource Hub

    August 13, 2022
    9:00 am to 4:00 pm, 7 hours
    Mt Enon Baptist Church, 500 Snyder 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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