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
Social

Events

  • Jan
    28
    Kensingston Storefront Narcan Trainings
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    "Kensington Storefront" Porch Light hub, 2774 Kensington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA

    Kensingston Storefront Narcan Trainings

    January 28, 2019
    6:00 pm to 7:00 pm, 1 hour
    "Kensington Storefront" Porch Light hub, 2774 Kensington Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19134, USA
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    Overdose deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, surpassing automobile accidents.

    Join Elvis Rosado of Prevention Point Philadelphia for an important presentation about the life-saving medication, naloxone (Narcan), which can reverse the effects of opioid overdose. Participants will learn:

    —How to identify symptoms of an overdose,
    —What to do when someone overdoses, and
    —How to administer naloxone.

    These trainings are free, and the first 20 participants will receive a FREE Narcan kit.
  • Jan
    28
    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

    January 28, 2019
    6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 1 hour
    Fumo Family Library, 2437 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19148, 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 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 overdose.prevention@phila.gov.

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

  • Feb
    5
    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training
    4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    Frankford Library, 4634 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124, USA

    PDPH Overdose Awareness & Reversal Training

    February 5, 2019
    4:30 pm to 5:30 pm, 1 hour
    Frankford Library, 4634 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124, 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 Frankford 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

    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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