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The Epidemiology Program helps protect the residents of the Commonwealth from foodborne illnesses, emerging infectious illnesses, and other communicable diseases. Major goals of the program are:

  • the prevention of rabies in humans and domestic animals (of critical importance since the arrival of the raccoon rabies epizootic in the fall of 1992),
  • the surveillance of emerging and re-emerging infections and
  • interruption of transmission of communicable diseases.

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Contact Us

Division of Epidemiology and Immunization
State Laboratory Institute
305 South Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Tel.(617) 983-6800
Fax(617) 983-6840

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

The Wilson/Fish Alternative Project (WFAP) is federally funded through the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, and is administered in Massachusetts by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.

The WFAP provides a broad range of services to the following eligible sub-populations: refugees; asylees; Cuban/Haitian entrants; certain Amerasians; certified victims of trafficking; and Afghan and Iraqi Special Immigrant Visa recipients. Direct services to clients are provided through a public/private partnership consisting of the Office for Refugees and Immigrants and other State agencies, Refugee Resettlement Agencies, Refugee Employment Service Agencies, and Mutual Assistance Associations.

Within the broader and long-term refugee resettlement mission of integration into American society, the primary goals of the WFAP are:

  • to assist clients to become employed as early as possible after arrival to Massachusetts; and
  • to provide employed clients with post-placement support services that facilitate the achievement of financial stability (300% of Federal Poverty Level) and durable self-sufficiency (450% of FPL).

Services and benefits are provided for a maximum period ranging from one month to up to 60 months after the date of entry to the U.S., or until clients achieve 450% of the Federal Poverty Level (whichever is reached first). Services and benefits include: Refugee Cash Assistance; Early Employment Retention Bonus; Client Transportation Reimbursement; Core and Intensive Refugee Case Management; Refugee Employment Services (pre and post employment); English Language Training; Literacy Training; Post Resettlement Community Services; Translation and Interpretation Services; and Youth Adjustment Services.

Services are provided in five primary refugee resettlement areas of the state including: Greater Boston; North Shore; Merrimack Valley; Central Massachusetts; and Western Massachusetts.


U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement:

This information is provided by the Office for Refugees and Immigrants.