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Citizens' Guide to State Services

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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Health: Health Information, Library, Research & Statistics

H36 Office of Statistics and Evaluation

H36 Department of Public Health Library System

H37 Bureau of Health Statistics, Research and Evaluation

H38 Registry of Vital Records and Statistics

H39 Massachusetts Cancer Registry


H35 Office of Statistics and Evaluation (OSE)
Bureau of Community Health and Prevention
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02108-4619
Tel: 617-624-5131
www.mass.gov/dph/ose

The Office of Statistics and Evaluation (OSE) is a information center that provides statistics in the following areas: health needs assessment and surveillance projects; DPH data collection and program evaluation and health statistics interpretation. These services provide the Center for Community Health with the best available data on which to base programmatic and policy decisions for the health of Massachusetts residents. Data is also disseminated to the public, state and federal officials and the public health community. OSE maintains its commitment to providing superior services by continuously advancing our technical expertise and professional collaborations.


H36 Department of Public Health Library System
www.mass.gov/dph

The Department of Public Health Library System serves the educational and research needs of public health professionals, healthcare providers and citizens of the Commonwealth. The libraries' collection includes books and journals on public health, environmental health, medicine, laboratory sciences and archival material of the DPH. Borrowing terms vary according to material type and location; call for specific information or visit their website.

Library Locations:

Massachusetts Hospital School
3 Randolph Street
Canton MA, 02021
Tel: 781-828-2440

Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
170 Morton Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tel: 617-971-3225
Fax: 617-971-3850

State Laboratory Institute
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tel: 617-983-6290
Fax: 617-983-6292

Tewksbury Hospital
365 East Street
Tewksbury, MA 01878
Tel: 978-851-7321, ext. 2255


H37 Bureau of Health Statistics, Research and Evaluation
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-624-5600
Fax: 617-624-5695
www.mass.gov/dph/bhsre

The Bureau is comprised of the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics, the Massachusetts Cancer Registry, the Division of Research and Epidemiology, the Health Survey Program, formerly the Chronic Disease Surveillance Program, the Occupational Health Surveillance Program, and the Injury Surveillance Program, which includes the Weapons-Related Injury Surveillance System. It collects, analyzes, interprets, and publishes various sets of Massachusetts health data which are necessary for health status assessment and monitoring, program planning, evaluation, and research purposes. Annually, the division collects, reports, and publishes statistics on all vital events (births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and abortions) and on all newly-diagnosed cases of cancer. Through the Health Resources Statistics Program, it surveys and publishes statistics on the Commonwealth's health care facilities. With the funding from the National Death Index, the Research and Epidemiology Program performs detailed analysis on the diagnosis, age, hospital, town, and other variables in order to predict trends and/or problems and has developed a project to trace occupational fatalities and incidents. Their Occupational Health Surveillance Program conducts surveillance of selected work-related illnesses and injuries, including fatal occupational injuries, occupational lead poisoning, work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, occupational asthma, acute chemical poisonings, and work-related injuries to youth. Data are used to target intervention efforts in Massachusetts, and to develop prevention and education programs. Physicians contribute to this system by reporting on work-related illnesses and injuries.


H38 Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
Bureau of Health Statistics, Research and Evaluation
Department of Public Health
150 Mount Vernon Street, 1st Floor
Dorchester, MA 02125-3105
Tel: 617-740-2600
To order by credit card: 617-740-2606
Amendments or Corrections to Records: 617-740-2603
www.mass.gov/dph/rvrs

This registry is responsible for keeping the records of all births, deaths, and marriages that occur in Massachusetts. Certified copies of these records from 1906 to the present are available via mail or in person. Records from 1841-1895 are now on file with the Archives Division of the Secretary of the Commonwealth's office. Also, local city and town clerks have records of events occurring in their communities prior to 1841, as well as since 1841. The Registry of Vital Records and Statistics also maintains an alphabetical index of divorces since 1952 in order to direct individuals to the proper probate court where the divorce was granted, for obtaining certified copies. The registry also notifies the Social Security Administration of all deaths and births so that Social Security checks can be terminated upon an individual's death and a Social Security card can be issued voluntarily to all newborns. All vital statistics are provided to the National Center for Health Statistics, which in turn utilizes the data to publish a national profile of population trends for the country. Public research hours are Monday, 2:00 pm to 430 pm, Tuesday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, Thursday, 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm and Friday, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Access is restricted on records of people born out of wedlock after 1906. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are the only accepted forms of payment when ordering copies of records by phone.

Option: Birth, marriage, and death certificates are also available from the city or town Clerks' office where the event occurred (or applied from for marriage licenses).


H39 Massachusetts Cancer Registry
Bureau of Health Statistics, Research and Evaluation
Department of Public Health
250 Washington Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02108
Tel: 617-624-5642
Fax: 617-624-5695
www.mass.gov/dph/mcr

The Cancer Registry has two primary purposes: to provide public information and statistical analyses of cancer incidence in Massachusetts communities and to serve as a resource for epidemiological investigations of cancer. It is responsible for the collection of all newly-diagnosed cases in the Commonwealth. This data base provides information for monitoring the impact of environmental and occupational hazards, as well as for the design and evaluation of cancer prevention and control programs. Each year, a report on cancer incidence and mortality is issued.  Special topical reports, such as "Cancer in Women," "Cancer in Men" and "Cancer in Children", are also done.  It also maintains an occupational lung disease registry.


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