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William Francis Galvin
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Health: Communicable, Infectious, Sexually Transmitted and Tuberculosis Disease

H7 Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response and Services

H8 Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention

H9 Division of Epidemiology and Immunization

H10 Division of Tuberculosis Prevention and Control


H7 Bureau of Infectious Disease Prevention, Response and Services
Hinton Statte Laboratory Institite
Department of Public Health
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tel: 617-983-6801
Fax: 617-983-6813
www.mass.gov/dph

Within the bureau is found the Office of Integrated Surveillance and Informatics Services (ISIS) provides a single point of contact for infectious disease reporting in Massachusetts and is responsible for data collection and other surveillance activities for approximately 80 reportable diseases. ISIS�s principal goal is to ensure the timely and accurate processing of critical infectious disease information in order for epidemiologists and nurses and the state and local health level to conduct public health investigations. ISIS monitors infectious disease information in the Commonwealth in order to identify infectious disease trends and guide policy decisions. ISIS provides oversight for surveillance and informatics initiatives that support the Bureau�s epidemiological, and disease control and prevention efforts; these include MAVEN (Massachusetts Virtual Epidemiologic Network), the Commonwealth�s web-based disease surveillance and case management system and electronic laboratory reporting (ELR) efforts.


H8 Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention
Department of Public Health
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Toll Free: 1-866-749-7122
Fax: 617-983-6962
www.mass.gov/dph/cdc/std

The Division of Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention has as its primary goals the reduction and prevention of the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infections. Critical to achieving this goal is the integration of the work of the Disease Intervention Specialists (DIS), who are instrumental in preventing further transmission of STD's and HIV infection through their client education and partner notification activities, with a statewide network of Sexually Transmitted Disease clinics and private providers. A variety of population- and community-based educational activities further enhance the efforts of the Division and the community to promote healthful behaviors which reduce the burden of illness and prevent the spread of these infections.


H9 Division of Epidemiology and Immunization
Bureau of Communicable Disease Control
Department of Public Health
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tel: 617-983-6800
Fax: 617-983-6840
www.mass.gov/dph/epi
www.mass.gov/dph/iim

Prevention of vaccine-preventable diseases is promoted through the distribution of all recommended age-appropriate vaccines without charge to all children and adolescents in the state, through monitoring of compliance with state laws requiring certain vaccinations, by distribution of educational materials and through investigation of cases of vaccine-preventable diseases. Direct assistance is provided to cities and towns for investigations of unusual or significant disease occurrences. Information is maintained to analyze trends in the frequency of infectious diseases.


H10 Division of Tuberculosis Prevention and Control
Department of Public Health
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Tel: 617-983-6970
24 Hour Toll Free TB Reporting Line: 1-888-MASSMTB (627-7682)
Fax: 617-983-6990
www.mass.gov/dph/cdc/tb
E-mail: John.bernardo@state.ma.us

The Division of Tuberculosis Prevention and Control seeks to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis (TB) through surveillance, education and clinical services delivered within a collaborative multiagency system. A wide spectrum of educational services coupled with a network of contracted tuberculosis clinics and multidisciplinary projects creates a comprehensive prevention and treatment strategy. Provision of these services involves a cooperative working relationship with local boards of health and other community agencies, to ensure that needs are met and to build community capacity to respond to TB-related health issues.


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