We are the nation's first health department and trace our roots back to 1799, when Paul Revere was named Boston's first health officer. Back then, the Board of Health was formed to fight a potential outbreak of cholera. Taking innovative strides to save lives, health officials posted signs on lampposts, held meetings, and led an early-day public information campaign to reduce deaths due to cholera, a highly preventable disease.
Two hundred years later, that tradition of prevention continues through the Boston Public Health Commission. While we are the country's oldest health department, we pride ourselves on having some of the most innovative services for our residents. Described as "the most activist arm of city government," by the Boston Globe, the Commission has a vigorous commitment to the health of Boston's residents.
Take a look at some of our exciting programs - we have services and information that touch every Boston resident.
The Boston Public Health Commission is a political subdivision of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts created pursuant to the Boston Public Health Act of 1995, G.L. c. 111 App. § 2-1. Our Executive Officer for purposes of G.L. c. 258 is Dr. Barbara Ferrer.
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