BFHN provides programs and services ensuring the health of the Commonwealth’s mothers, infants, children and youth — including children and youth with special health needs and their families.
Who we serve
We provide resources and support for families with children.
The Bureau includes 5 divisions and the Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention.
Commitment to racial equity
The impact of structural racism — the public policies, institutional practices, and social norms that together maintain racial hierarchies — is often overlooked or unacknowledged, yet it is pervasive and unmistakably harmful to everyone. The social marginalization and inequities that structural racism cultivates in housing, education, employment, the built and social environments, and health care are felt across generations, most acutely in communities of color. The Bureau of Family Health and Nutrition recognizes that systems of oppression need to be acknowledged and repaired by entities that helped create them. The Bureau is committed to improving the quality of life for all Commonwealth residents while eliminating the marginalization and inequities that threaten the lives of communities of color who are disproportionately affected by conditions leading to poor health outcomes.