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 Bureaus and offices 

 

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH BUREAUS
  • BUREAU OF COMMUNICABLE DISEASES Show +

    The mission of the Bureau of Communicable Diseases is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of communicable diseases in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania by providing a wide range of prevention and intervention strategies that incorporate all aspects of government and community partnerships. To this end, the Bureau operates disease control programs for four major areas: HIV/AIDS, vaccine preventable diseases (immunizations), sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis. The Bureau of Communicable Diseases is comprised of 3 divisions: HIV/AIDS, Immunizations and TB/STD.Visit the Bureau of Communicable Diseases home page.

  • BUREAU OF COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS Show +

    The Bureau of Community Health Systems, through the six Health Districts, operates a network of state health centers and supports public health programs throughout the commonwealth. Health centers engage in community health assessment and quality assurance activities and provide other public health services, including community integration and outreach programs, to promote healthy behaviors. Visit the Bureau of Community Health Systems home page.

  • BUREAU OF COMMUNITY PROGRAM LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION     Show +

    Quality Assurance’s mission is to maximize the quality and integrity of care and services by monitoring compliance and by promoting data, education and collaboration within Pennsylvania. The Bureau of Community Program Licensure and Certification licenses and verifies compliance with state and federal health and safety standards, as mandated by law, in the following facilities. Visit the Bureau of Community Program Licensure and Certification home page.

  • BUREAU OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES Show +

    The Department of Health is the lead agency for emergency medical services (EMS) in the Commonwealth. The Department’s Bureau of Emergency Medical Services is responsible for the statewide development and coordination of a comprehensive system to prevent and reduce premature death and disability. Visit the Bureau of Emergency Medical Services home page.

  • BUREAU OF EPIDEMIOLOGY Show +

    Epidemiology is the study of disease patterns and outbreaks. The Pennsylvania Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology collects data on diseases affecting persons in the commonwealth including numbers of diseases, causes of diseases and locations of diseases. The Bureau of Epidemiology investigates disease outbreaks and epidemics. The Bureau also advises on health issues, rules and regulations affecting citizens.Epidemiology is the study of disease patterns and outbreaks. Visit the Bureau of Epidemiology home page.

  • BUREAU OF FACILITY LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION     Show +

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health licenses and verifies compliance with state and federal health and safety standards in supervised healthcare facilities as mandated by law, including hospitals, nursing homes, and ambulatory surgical facilities. The Department conducts regular on-site surveys to assure health, safety, sanitation, fire and quality of care requirements and to identify deficiencies which may affect state licensure or eligibility for federal reimbursements under the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Visit the Bureau of Facility Licensure and Certification home page.

  • BUREAU OF FAMILY HEALTH Show +

    The Bureau of Family Health is the state agency in Pennsylvania responsible for promoting and protecting the health of pregnant women, infants, children and children with special health care needs. Visit the Bureau of Family Health home page.

  • BUREAU OF HEALTH PLANNING Show +

    Division of Plan Development;Division of Health Professions Development; Visit the Bureau of Heallth Planning home page.

  • BUREAU OF HEALTH PROMOTION AND RISK REDUCTION     Show +

    The Bureau of Health Promotion & Risk Reduction serves as the focal point for statewide planning and implementation of prevention, education and interventions for chronic diseases, injury and community-based programs. Four divisions within this office extensively utilize all available data to implement evidence based programs, with a focus on policy, system and environmental changes in order to improve health outcomes.Visit the Bureau of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction home page.

  • BUREAU OF HEALTH STATISTICS AND REGISTRIES Show +

    The mission of the Bureau of Health Statistics and Registries is to:
    • Establish and manage statewide registries of diseases, vital events, and health status;
    • Review Departmental requests for proposals and applications for federal and other funds, prior to their release/submission, to ensure that appropriate assessment strategies are included and that departmental business needs are met;
    • Maintain the repository for all vital records of the Commonwealth; and
    • Oversee the issuance of certified copies of birth and death certificates to ensure that customer service needs are met.
    Visit the Bureau of Health Statistics and Registries home page

  • BUREAU OF LABORATORIES Show +

    To provide clinical laboratory testing, advice, consultation and quality assurance standards to all who require or deliver medical diagnostic services; to assure services are accurate, timely, state-of-the-art, cost effective, and delivered in a responsive and courteous manner. The Bureau of Laboratories operates the state public health lab and regulates clinical laboratories serving the citizens of Pennsylvania. The laboratory supports disease prevention through the provision of investigatory, diagnostic, and confirmatory testing for both infectious and non-infectious diseases. Routine testing provides information necessary for patient care and aids in monitoring ongoing public health concerns in Pennsylvania. Visit the Bureau of Laboratories home page

  • BUREAU OF MANAGED CARE     Show +

    The Department of Health reviews, approves, licenses and monitors the quality of care provided to consumers by health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and other managed care systems. The Department promotes innovation in the health care marketplace by encouraging the development of alternative health delivery systems. It identifies problems associated with cost, quality and access within the managed care industry and initiates solutions with consumers and providers. Visit the Bureau Managed Care home page

  • BUREAU OF PUBLIC HEALTH PREPAREDNESS     Show +

    Lead the commonwealth in preventing, responding to and reducing the public health and medical consequences of emergencies and disasters.Visit the Bureau Public Health Preparedness home page

  • WOMEN, INFANTS AND CHILDREN (WIC)     Show +

    Through WIC, pregnant women, mothers, and caregivers of infants and young children learn about good nutrition to keep themselves and their families healthy. WIC provides nutrition services, breastfeeding support, healthcare and social service referrals and healthy foods to an average of 247,000 participants every month. Visit the Bureau WIC home page


  • DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH OFFICES
    • HEALTH CARE-ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS     Show +

      The Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention (HAIP) Section was established to execute the Department of Health's responsibilities created by Act 52 of 2007. The mission of HAIP is to protect patients, residents, visitors and healthcare personnel as well as promote safety, quality and value in the healthcare delivery system. Learn more about Health Care Associated-Infections

    • HEALTH RESEARCH OFFICE     Show +

      Get information on the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program (CURE), which awards grants for clinical, health services and biomedical research.

    • OFFICE OF HEALTH EQUITY     Show +

      The Office of Health Equity (OHE) was formally integrated into the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH) through an executive order signed in May 2007. Located within the Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Deputate, the OHE Director reports to the Deputy Secretary for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Loren Robinson, MD).Visit the Office of Health Equity home page.

    • OFFICE OF HEALTH INNOVATION     Show +

      Many states are exploring innovative approaches to transform health and health care delivery. The Commonwealth's Health Innovation in Pennsylvania (HIP) plan is a comprehensive, multi-stakeholder statewide initiative to improve the health of all Pennsylvanians by redesigning the way we pay for, deliver, and coordinate health and health care services. The plan will include strategies to advance population health, health information technology, and workforce development. Led by Governor Wolf, the HIP plan, once implemented, will lead to better care, smarter spending, and healthier Pennsylvanians. Visit the Office of Health Innovation home page.

    • PRESCRIPTION DRUG MONITORING PROGRAM     Show +

      To help prevent prescription drug abuse and protect the health and safety of our community, Pennsylvania's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) collects information on all filled prescriptions for controlled substances. This information helps health care providers safely prescribe controlled substances and helps patients get the treatment they need. Visit the Prescriprion Drug Monitoring Program Office home page.

    DISTRICT OFFICES
    • Northcentral District Show +

      Water Tower Square
      1000 Commerce Park Drive
      Suite 109
      Williamsport, PA 17701
      Phone: 570-327-3400
      Fax: 570-327-3748

       

    • Northeast District Show +

      665 Carey Avenue
      Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706-5485
      Phone: 570-826-2062
      Fax: 570-826-2238

       

       

       

    • Northwest District     Show +

      19 McQuiston Drive
      Jackson Center, PA 16133
      Phone: 724-662-6068
      Fax: 724-662-6086

       

       

    • Southcentral District Show +

      30 Kline Plaza
      Harrisburg, PA 17104
      Phone: 717-787-8092
      Fax: 717-772-3151

    • Southeast District Show +

      Reading State Office Building
      Room 442 625 Cherry Street
      Reading, PA 19602
      Phone: 610-378-4352
      Fax: 610-378-4527

    • Southwest District     Show +

      233 West Otterman Street
      Greensburg, PA 15601-2305
      Phone: 724-830-2701
      Fax: 724-832-5327