Lead in City Hall

James Garrow, the city’s director of Digital Public Health, noted the Lead and Healthy Homes Program “is actually driven by the presence of children, not the simply the presence of lead in the environment.”

In other words, our unscientific findings at City Hall don’t exactly mesh with the focus of that effort as it “does not focus on work environments.”


By Brian Hickey

Translation of Critical Health Information

Heath Dept. spokesperson James Garrow told Billy Penn the city does already translate some documents, on a case-by-case basis.

These documents are usually grouped with the English documents on the department website, he said. Per Garrow, it takes two to three business days to translate a document to Spanish, via the city’s translation vendor, Geneva Worldwide.


By Michaela Winberg

Naloxone Ad Campaign

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Department of Public Health launched a campaign today to encourage residents to carry and use naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. In 2017, more than 7,000 overdoses were reversed by Philadelphia Fire Department, Police Department and SEPTA Police. Community organizations and residents reversed many overdoses in addition. Nonetheless, in 2017 approximately 1,200 people in Philadelphia died of drug overdose, which means that more widespread use of naloxone has the potential to save many more lives.