Within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

The following are programs within the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

  • The Injury Surveillance Program (ISP) seeks to reduce fatal and nonfatal injuries among Massachusetts residents by monitoring the incidence, trends, risk factors, and circumstances of these injuries and disseminating this information to injury prevention advocates.
  • Violence Prevention and Intervention Services in the Bureau of Community Health Access and Promotion represents a number of program initiatives which provide direct services, community outreach and education, professional education, primary prevention programming, and data collection. In addition to existing categorically within VPIS, violence prevention initiatives are integrated into a broad array of programs throughout the Department and VPIS has developed effective and collaborative working relationships with these programs in order to ensure consistency and lack of duplication of effort. For more information, please contact Olga Higuera at (617) 624-5463 or olga.higuera@state.ma.us.
  • The Occupational Health Surveillance Program conducts surveillance of selected work-related illnesses and injuries, including fatal occupational injuries, occupational lead poisoning, work-related carpal tunnel syndrome, occupational asthma, acute chemical poisonings, and work-related injuries to youth.
  • The Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) provides prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of lead poisoning, including the elimination of sources of poisoning through research and educational, epidemiological, and clinical activities. It also provides coordinated and comprehensive nursing case management.
  • The Bureau of Substance Abuse Services oversees the substance abuse prevention and treatment services in Massachusetts. Responsibilities include licensing programs and counselors, funding and monitoring prevention and treatment services, providing access to treatment for the indigent and uninsured, developing and implementing policies and programs, and tracking substance abuse trends in the state.
  • The Healthy Aging and Disability Unit fosters healthy aging by planning, advocating, coordinating, and administering programs and policies that ensure access to quality health care and enhance opportunities for older people to learn about and take responsibility for their own health. OHA works closely with other Department of Public Health programs that focus on health promotion in a variety of areas including injury prevention.

Division of Child and Adolescent Health includes Coordinated School Health Services, the Office of Adolescent Health & Youth Development, and School Health Services.

Early Intervention Partnerships Program (EIPP) is a home visiting program for pregnant women and post partum mothers in communities with some of the state's highest rates of infant mortality and morbidity. Coordinated by an existing Early Intervention Partnerships Program , EIPP serves as a high-risk maternal and newborn screening, assessment and service system that is a key component in reducing infant and maternal mortality and morbidity. Women with social and environmental risk factors, such as homelessness, substance abuse or violence in the family, and adolescents who experience a second (or third) birth are eligible. EIPP services are provided by a multidisciplinary team, comprised of a maternal child health (MCH) Nurse, a Social Worker, and a Community Health Worker (CHW). Led by the MCH Nurse, EIPPs provide maternal and infant health assessment and monitoring; health education and guidance; screening and appropriate referrals for pre-term labor, maternal depression, substance and tobacco use, and domestic violence; assistance with breastfeeding; parenting skills; and linkage with WIC and other resources.

Phone: (800) 311-2229
TTY: (617) 624-5992
Web: www.mass.gov/dph/earlyintervention

The Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention serves Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The center works closely with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The Center is located at Children's Hospital in Boston and operates a statewide, toll free, 24-hour phone line for poisoning emergencies and information: (800) 222-1222; for TTY call (888) 244-5313.

Outside Massachusetts Department of Public Health

General Injury Prevention Resources

  • National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
    This center is part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On the website you can find fact sheet on different types of intentional and unintentional injury, order publications, and access injury statistics.
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children National Resource Center
    This site has information on EMSC products and resources, data collection and research, funding opportunities, family resources, and injury and illness prevention.
  • Boston Public Health Commission's Childhood Injury Prevention Program (CIPP)
    CIPP works to prevent the unnecessary toll of childhood injury by increasing awareness that injuries are preventable. It combines education, technology, and legislation. Training, safety supplies, and educational literature are provided. CIPP is also the lead agency of the Greater Boston Safe Kids Coalition. For more information, please e-mail childhoodinjury@bphc.org.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
    The "Parenting Corner" page on this website provides home and car safety information and connects to AAP's The Injury Prevention Program (TIPP) offering information on a range of unintentional injury prevention topics.
  • SafetyLit
    This web page provides abstracts of English language reports from researchers in several disciplines relevant to preventing unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm. SafetyLit staff and volunteers regularly examine more than 2400 journals and many reports from government agencies and organizations in many nations. A weekly update is provided each Monday morning. www.safetylit.org.
  • U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
    This site offers information on recent product recalls, current events at the CPSC, and a section for children.
  • www.Recalls.gov
    This site links consumers to all federal recall announcements from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Food and Drug Administration, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The website also contains important safety warnings and information on how to report a problem with consumer products, cosmetics, motor vehicles, boats, food, medicine, and environmental products.
  • Safe States; Greater Boston Safe Kids Coalition
    This organization promotes, sustains, and enhances the ability of state and territorial public health departments to reduce death and disability associated with injuries.

Coalitions

The Injury Prevention and Control Program is an active member of a number of coalitions that promote injury prevention and control related to safety in the community.

  • Greater Boston SAFE KIDS Coalition (GBSKC)
    GBSKC is a coalition of public, private, and voluntary organizations working to reduce unintentional injuries-the number one killer of children-through increased public awareness and implementing injury prevention strategies. For more information, contact Erin Christiansen, at the Boston Public Health Commission, at (617) 534-2633 or Erin_Christiansen@bphc.org.
  • Western Massachusetts SAFE KIDS Coalition (WMSKC)
    The mission of the WMSKC is to prevent fatal and non-fatal childhood injuries in Western Massachusetts by utilizing a network of community organizations and agencies, including the Injury Prevention and Control Program at MDPH. For more information, contact Mandi Summers at (413) 794-5434 or Mandi.Summers@bhs.org.
  • Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Boston
    Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Boston is administered by the Injury Prevention Program at Children's Hospital Boston. The Coalition is working with the city of Jamaica Plain to prevent childhood injuries in the home and in the community. Coalition activities include car seat checkup events, bicycle helmet distribution, safety fairs, and the distribution of safety products including smoke alarms, safety latches, and window guards. These activities occur in the schools, community health centers, and community organizations.
  • Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Worcester
    Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Worcester is based at the UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center in Worcester. The Coalition's mission is to reduce preventable injuries to children and to support families in making their communities a safe and healthy place to live. The coalition sponsors car seat safety checkpoints, bicycle safety events, and other educational programs. They are currently kicking off a home safety program, called Safe at Home, which will focus on providing home safety education and tools for parents and caretakers of young children.
  • Prevent Injuries Now! Network (PINN)
    PINN is a network of community organizations and agencies (including the Injury Prevention and Control Program at MDPH) working together to provide education and resources promoting injury prevention strategies in the Greater Worcester area. For more information, contact .Julie Kautz-Mills at Julie.Kautzmills@State.MA.US.
  • The Northeast Injury Prevention Network
    This is a bi-regional association of injury control professionals that works to plan community-based interventions, develop program guidelines, and conduct program evaluations. For more information, contact. Julie Kautz-Mills at Julie.Kautzmills@State.MA.US.

This information is provided by the Injury Prevention and Control Program within the Department of Public Health.