Philadelphia’s Public Health Lab


Philadelphia has had a public health lab since 1894, when the City created the Division of Pathology, Bacteriology, and Disinfection, working right in City Hall.  In those early days of the new science of bacteriology, the lab focused on two main killers of the day, diphtheria and tuberculosis, and it produced antitoxin for diphtheria.  Ever since then, our lab has been providing crucial information to public health staff on what invading species are circulating in the city and how we can keep them at bay.

https://www.phila.gov/2018-11-16-philadelphias-public-health-lab-heroes-protecting-the-publics-health/

Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning


Lead poisoning is a serious health issue for many young children and their families. Lead has been shown to be particularly harmful to children between the ages of nine months and six years.  The only way to know for sure if a child has been poisoned is to get the child tested for lead.

https://www.phila.gov/2018-11-16-landlords-and-tenants-preventing-childhood-lead-poisoning/

Enjoying a Healthy Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is all about family, friends, and food, but for many of us, it can also be a challenge to our attempts to stay healthy. It may seem like it’s impossible to enjoy Thanksgiving without ending up consuming huge amounts of fat, sodium, and sugar, but here are a few tricks to make your holiday a bit healthier without taking away the foods you love:

https://www.phila.gov/2018-11-16-enjoying-a-healthy-thanksgiving/

Public Health Accreditation

The Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) was among the first big city public health departments in the U.S. to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  PDPH achieved accreditation in November 2015 after undergoing a rigorous, peer review assessment process to ensure we met or exceeded a set of quality standards and measures for public health. The five-year designation recognizes the PDPH’s capacity and commitment to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians.

https://admin.phila.gov/2018-10-31-public-health-accreditation/

Sexual Violence as a Culture

Helping young men and women to avoid high risk situations may reduce the likelihood of being a victim, as well as being a perpetrator. This means rethinking how we talk and think about sexual violence to include ways how each and every one of us can take responsibility and accountability for our actions, in that moment, in the weeks after, and in the decades after. Too often the emphasis is on the victim and how they should or should have conducted themselves to avoid the predatory actions of others; rather than giving everyone the tools they need to navigate risky situations and the consequences of their behavior.

https://www.phila.gov/2018-09-27-sexual-violence/

Philadelphia: more progress protecting our children

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced new data that show that Philadelphia is protecting its residents from dangerous diseases with immunization rates that are among the highest in the country.

High immunization rates prevent disease outbreaks – and Philadelphia’s immunization rates are frequently higher than nationwide rates, meeting national goals and protecting our population from preventable diseases.

https://admin.phila.gov/2018-09-05-philadelphia-more-progress-protecting-our-children/

West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes

Everyone knows that familiar buzzing sound. Everyone knows that awful itch that only gets better for like a second before it comes back even worse.

MOSQUITOES: the bane of every summer.

While we might not like mosquitoes, they are actually a lot more than just annoying. They are actually disease spreaders. That’s right, they can get you sick.

https://beta.phila.gov/2018-07-31-mosquitoes-are-more-than-just-annoying/