The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is mandated by State law to "maintain, protect, and improve the health and well being of the people." To do this, DHP is divided into a central office in Boston, five district health offices and four public health hospitals located throughout the State, and the State Laboratory Institute. Major health related offices within DPH are: Family and Community Health, Substance Abuse Services, HIV/AIDS, Environmental Health, Communicable Diseases, Health Statistics, Hospitals, and Health Quality Systems. Several management, planning, and legal affairs offices are also a part of the DPH organization. A number of toll-free numbers for Massachusetts are operated by programs of the Department.
The Massachusetts DPH offers a number of publications (handbooks, fact sheets, special reports) on health-related issues, distributed by the Information and Education Division.
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