The Cambridge Public Health Department is committed to developing policies and model programs that will improve the health and well-being of people who live and work in the city.
In recent years, the department has engaged residents, civic leaders, and lawmakers around such policy issues as banning smoking in restaurants and bars, improving biosafety at research laboratories, and adopting a regional approach to solving local public health problems.
The department has also created innovative programs and campaigns that have won national awards and recognition. These “model practices” range from a citywide campaign that teaches immigrant parents how to talk to their babies to a national demonstration project that is helping 27 Boston-area communities prepare for public health emergencies.
Finally, the department produces comprehensive reports on health issues that affect Cambridge. Past topics have included homelessness, obesity and overweight, and HIV/AIDS.