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.

https://billypenn.com/2018/02/15/phillys-health-department-should-release-opioid-information-in-spanish-advocates-say/

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.

https://mailchi.mp/phila/advisory-city-of-philadelphia-launches-new-campaign-to-encourage-philadelphians-to-get-trained-to-use-naloxone-296257

Don’t Take The Risk Campaign Launch

Philadelphia — The Philadelphia Department of Public Health launched the second phase of an emotional media campaign that is part of the City’s effort to decrease deaths related to opioid use.  The campaign contains a collection of stories in English and Spanish told by people whose lives have been forever changed by prescription painkillers. The Don’t Take the Risk website can be viewed in English and Spanish.

https://mailchi.mp/phila/city-of-philadelphia-launches-new-dont-take-the-risk-campaign-to-prevent-opioid-deaths

Questions about CUES in Philadelphia

The City just provided an important update on our continued work to reduce opioid abuse in our city.

Philadelphia will encourage organizations to develop Comprehensive User Engagement Sites (CUES). CUES will help people experiencing a substance abuse disorder related to opioids.

https://beta.phila.gov/2018-01-24-cues-the-latest-effort-in-the-battle-against-the-opioid-crisis/

Primary author Harrison Morgan

Choosing Your Body Art

We love body art here at the Health Department. Many of us sport elaborate tattoos and body piercings. Some of us have small, hidden personal tattoos and just ear piercings. With so many great shops in Philly to get tattooed or pierced, it makes it easy to sport beautiful art.

One thing we insist on, though, is that body art is done safely. And safe body art can only be done in a licensed, inspected shop. Remember, it’s not just about the art, it’s about your life. Here are the top six things you should look for every time you enter a shop.

https://beta.phila.gov/2018-02-09-what-should-you-be-looking-for-when-you-choose-a-body-art-studio/