The Cambridge Public Health Department strives to improve the quality of life of residents and workers by reducing sickness and injury; encouraging healthy behaviors; and fostering safe and healthy environments in homes, schools, and workplaces.
The department’s main areas of focus are communicable disease prevention and control, school health, environmental health, emergency preparedness, health promotion campaigns, and data collection and analysis. The department also has the legal authority to make and enforce public health regulations within the city of Cambridge.
Additional public health services are available through Cambridge Health Alliance. The Alliance health care system is comprised of three hospitals, more than 20 primary care practices, a Medicaid health plan, the Alliance Foundation for Community Health, the Institute for Community Health, and the Cambridge Public Health Department.