• A-Z health topics

    The A-Z Topics Index provides links to an alphabetical index of programs and information within the Health and Human Services Portal. The Index is a work in progress, so please check back often to find new topics.

  • Alcohol and drug abuse

    Prevention, treatment, and recovery information and services related to substance abuse. 

  • Alzheimer's disease

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia among older adults.

  • Autism

    Resources to help understand and obtain support for this developmental disability that affects communication and social interaction.

  • Bed bugs

    Basic facts about bed bugs and how to prevent and control infestations (English, Portuguese and Spanish).

  • Cancer prevention and treatment

    Basic facts, research, statistics and resources about different types of cancer, including causes, prevention, control and treatment.

  • Chickenpox and shingles links to PDF file

    Public Health facts about chickenpox.

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems. It includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and in some cases asthma

  • Communicable diseases

    Causes, symptoms, treatment, prevention and statistics on over 50 infectious, transmittable diseases, in multiple languages.

  • Concussion information

    Information and resources about sports-related head injury from the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association.

  • Diabetes

    Learn about the different types of diabetes and how diabetes can be prevented and controlled.

  • Flu

    All you need to know about influenza: basic facts, prevention, treatment, and statistics, as well as guidance and materials for organizations that are involved with flu vaccination clinics. Listen and watch podcasts on a variety of flu topics.

  • Gynecologic cancers

    The CDC provides information and educational materials for women and health care providers to raise awareness about the five main gynecologic cancers.

  • Heart disease and stroke prevention

    Learn the basics about heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke; identify causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment for each. 


    Find out about resources, services, treatments, and hotlines available for persons who are HIV positive.

  • Kidney disease and tips for keeping your kidneys healthy

    Most people with kidney disease are not aware of their condition. Keep kidneys healthy by controlling your blood sugar and blood pressure.

  • Lyme and other tickborne diseases

    Information and resources about diseases that are spread by tick bites, including Lyme disease, babesiosis, tularemia, and anaplasmosis. Learn how you can protect yourself.

  • Measles links to PDF file

    Public Health fact sheet on measles provided by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

  • Mental health

    If you or a loved one are dealing with a mental health issue such as depression or schizophrenia and have questions about how to apply for mental health services, how to get help with medication decisions, or where to turn for rehabilitative/recovery support and services, the Department of Mental Health (DMH) can help. Explore resources and tools to help improve the health and wellness of residents with psychiatric illness as well as information for everyone interested in making healthy changes. Also learn about the Mass Support Network, recovery learning communities, accredited DMH psychiatric hospitals, and more.

  • Organ transplant

    Information on organ transplant services including how to obtain help from the Organ Transplant Fund and requesting a donor card.

  • Rabies

    Basic facts about rabies, as well as specific guidance on controlling bats which are well-known carriers of rabies.

  • Sexually transmitted diseases

    Learn about preventing sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) as part of family planning as well as services for diagnosing and treating STDs.

  • Tuberculosis prevention and control

    Information and resources about TB testing and treatment; research; laws and regulations; and health advisories and alerts.

  • Deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism

    Deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism are often under diagnosed and serious, but preventable medical conditions.