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Public Health Data Warehouse (PHD): How to collaborate with us

PHD supports collaborations between public, private, and non-profit organizations to analyze population health trends.

In late 2017, policymakers, program planners, and clinicians used PHD findings to develop an action plan that included prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery support, and budget and legislative initiatives to address the opioid epidemic. We would like to thank our data contributors and research partners for engaging in this critical collaboration. Without their help, we could not have assembled such a valuable tool to expand our understanding of the opioid epidemic.

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Collaboration pathways

State Agencies and Other Data Providers

One way state agencies and other data providers can participate in the PHD is by becoming a data contributor. We encourage you to request a complimentary assessment of your data assets. We will be happy to evaluate the relevance, reliability, timeliness, and level of effort for the integration and management of your data assets.

Researchers and Data Analysts

Please remember that all the analyses conducted and outputs derived from the PHD are done on behalf of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the residents of the Commonwealth.

Parties interested in working with PHD data must first be deemed eligible. There are two pathways to becoming an eligible analyst to work with PHD data on behalf of the department: 

1. Submitting a response to a Notice Of Opportunity announcement and receiving Department approval. 

2. Supporting operational needs as a vendor/consultant. In this case, DPH would use one of the available state procurement vehicles to contract the appropriate services.

Technical Documentation

This section provides an overview of the main technical components for the PHD.

Data sources & structure: More than two dozen data sources that make up the analytic footprint of the PHD.

PHD_Datasets_Source and One Line Description v1 10.2021 

PHD Datasets Brief Descriptions v2 11.2021 (PDF) | (DOC)

PHD Key Facts for working with the data v2 11.2021 (PDF) | (DOC)

Matching process: This is a unique process by which the department securely integrates a collection of government data to perform advanced analytics.

PHD Matching Process Jan 2019

Data dictionaries: Metadata documents that describe in detail the type of information contained in each of the data sources that comprise the PHD 

PHD 2.0 Analytic Data Dictionaries v2 11.2021 (PDF) | (DOC)

Additional Resources

Partners and Collaborators

State, Local and Federal agencies

  • Boston Public Health Commission
  • Center for Health Information and Analysis
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Department of Corrections
  • Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Department of Industrial Accidents
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Public Health
  • Department of Transitional Assistance
  • Department of Veterans’ Services
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services IT
  • Executive Office Of Public Safety and Security
  • Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association
  • Massachusetts State Police
  • MassHealth
  • Mass IT – Data Office
  • Veterans Administration

Academic institutions

  • Boston University School of Medicine
  • Boston University School of Public Health
  • Boston University School of Social Work
  • Brown University
  • Harvard University
  • Harvard University Medical School
  • Harvard School of Public Health
  • Louisiana State University
  • Mass College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Massachusetts General Hospital for Children
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • New York University
  • Northeastern University
  • Tufts University School of Medicine
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston
  • University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • University of Sydney
  • UMASS, Donahue Institute
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Yale University

Healthcare Delivery

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
  • Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
  • Partners Healthcare

Consulting Agencies, Foundations, Private Companies, and Think Tanks

  • Center for Social Innovation
  • Commonwealth Medicine
  • Ernst & Young
  • Friends Research Institute
  • General Electric Foundation
  • MITRE Corporation
  • Price Waterhouse Cooper
  • RAND Corporation
  • SAS Analytics



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Date published: September 1, 2018