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Historically, multiple bureaus and programs at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health have worked to prevent the negative consequences of unhealthy relationships and sexual risk behaviors.

As a key primary prevention strategy to improve sexual health and well-being for all, the MDPH Healthy Relationships and Healthy Sexuality (HR/HS) Working Group was convened to promote and support multi-disciplinary efforts, not only to prevent negative health outcomes, but also to promote positive, healthy relationships and sexuality.

HR/HS Working Group Mission

  • To support the integration of multi-disciplinary programming, practices and policy.
  • To provide resources for understanding data trends and implementing promising practices, to support health promotion, risk reduction and disease prevention efforts.
  • To promote positive sexual development across the lifespan in order to improve the health and well-being of all Massachusetts residents.


Related Programs

The promotion of healthy relationships, healthy sexuality, and sexual health requires a knowledge base grounded in family planning, infectious disease (including HIV/AIDS, STI, and viral hepatitis) prevention and treatment, substance use and abuse prevention and treatment, and violence prevention and intervention. Related programs at MDPH include:

This information is provided by the Family Planning Program within the Department of Public Health.