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Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services

Contact Information

John Polanowicz
One Ashburton Place
11th Floor

Boston, MA 02108-4619

617-573-1600 (Voice)
1-617-847-6578 (TTY)

Internet Resources


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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Date Entered: 7/1/1997
Date Edited: 3/19/2013
Date Revised: 4/30/2002
Health Referral Number: HR2189
Accession Number: DP91A0850

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