Department of Health, Pennsylvania

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The Department of Health is an agency in Pennsylvania.

The purpose of the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DHS) is to promote the health and safety of Pennsylvanians and prevent injury and disease through public and private partnerships. The Department's imperatives include monitoring the health of the population; identifying and eliminating preventable illness; reducing the severity of illness and disability; promoting health behavior; improving access to and quality of health care; and developing health policy.[1]


Total budget for 2011-2012 is $953,055 (Dollar Amounts in Thousands)[2]

Program Allocations
Health Support Services $220,587
Health Research $72,165
Preventative Health $521,693
Health Treatment Services $34,652
Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention and Treatment $103,958
Total $953,055


DHS administers the State's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which provides funds for supplemental nutrition, nutrition education and breastfeeding support.[3] The program served an average of 260,880 eligible women, infants and children each month in 2009.

Other DHS services include immunizations, maternal and child health, public health preparedness, environmental health, and emergency medical services.

The State's Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are run by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare and the Pennsylvania Insurance Department, respectively.[4] Pennsylvania's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is also run by the Department of Public Welfare.[5]


General contact information, but not direct emails, are provided for administrators and divisions/[6]

Records request information is provided.[7]

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