Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Health: Administration

H1 Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH)
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-6000
TTY: 617-624 6001
Commissioner's Office: 617-624-5200

The department's areas of responsibility are: to prevent disease and physical impairment and identify, investigate, and eliminate their causes; ensure the availability, accessibility, and quality of appropriate health services and provide those services when they are not available elsewhere; instill and reinforce the responsibility of all individuals in the preservation of their own health and that of their fellow citizens; and to help foster a healthy society through health promotion and education. This is done through the Department’s Bureaus of: Community Health and Prevention; Environmental Health; Family Health and Nutrition; Health Care Safety and Quality; Public Health Facilities; Statistic, Research and Evaluation; Substance Abuse Services, and the Emergency Preparedness Bureau, as well as many other divisions, offices and programs. This office also serves as the point of contact for the Office of Health Services.

Department of Public Health Hotlines:
AIDS/HIV: 617-983-6550
Cancer: 1-800 4 CANCER (422-6237)
Car Safety 1-800 CAR SAFE (227-7233)
Eastern Equine Encephalitis: 1-888-658-2850
Poison Control Center: 1-800-682-9211 (not DPH)
Sexually Transmitted Diseases: 617-983-6550
Substance Abuse: 1-800-327-5050
Tuberculosis: 617-983-6550

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