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EDUCATION & OUTREACH


Mission Statement

The mission of the Education & Outreach Office of the Boston Public Health Commission’s (BPHC) Infectious Disease Bureau is to ensure that Boston residents have the necessary information to protect themselves from communicable diseases. Infection prevention requires that comprehensive, linguistically, and culturally appropriate information is readily available.

Staff from the Education & Outreach Office provides education regarding infectious diseases to reduce risk of illness and promote health of residents in Boston.  Education awareness initiatives include various social marketing campaigns, development of educational materials, and direct training to groups including healthcare facilities, substance abuse programs, day care facilities, local businesses, and other government agencies. Staff also offers education to patients at the Commission’s Tuberculosis Clinic located at Boston Medical Center, and provide directly observed therapy to persons infected with tuberculosis in the city of Boston.

In addition, the Education & Outreach Office provides funding and technical assistance to community-based providers in the City of Boston who deliver community-based prevention and education through comprehensive, evidence-based interventions designed to raise community awareness and lower the infection rates. Funding is targeted to culturally and linguistically competent service providers.

The following initiatives and outreach activities are ongoing:

  • Program and curriculum development 
  • Workshop and conference series about HIV and its impact on specific populations
  • Continued technical assistance to community-based organizations
  • Community resource development and coalition building
  • Social marketing campaigns targeting specific priority populations

BPHC Initiatives

Manny is supposed to be watching his sick uncle. Unfortunately, Manny's struggles with addiction start to get in the way. To learn more about Manny's story, and the story of many others at risk for Hepatitis C, check out the BPHC's new graphic short story entitled "Risk: Stories and Facts About Hepatitis C."  If you are in Boston and interested in ordering copies of this story, email infectiousdisease@bphc.org with the number of copies (English or Spanish) and your address.

You can also download and print a copy here.  English (pdf)  |  Spanish (pdf)

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Part 2 of the comic book has arrived!  
 

In this edition, we meet Kat and Nick. Kat has made a lot of progress with her recovery, but her boyfriend Nick is having a much harder time kicking his habit. When Nick asks Kat to meet her in the park one night, she knows it can't be good news.  Check out the next installment of BPHC's graphic short story at "Risk: Stories and Facts About Hepatitis C: Part 2" to see Kat and Nick's story, and the story of many others at risk for Hepatitis C. 
If you are in Boston and interested in ordering copies of this story, email us at infectiousdisease@bphc.org with the number of copies (English or Spanish) and your address.

You can also download and print a copy here.  English (pdf) | Spanish (pdf)

Awareness Days/Community Events:

Click here for our 2018 Health Observances Calendar on Infectious Diseases.

Education & Outreach Office Contact Information
Leslie Karnes, Project Manager 
Greg M. Lanza, Senior Program Coordinator
Frantzsou Balthazar-Toussaint, Fiscal Manager
Regis Jean-Marie, Bureau Administrator
Monica Araujo, Fiscal Coordinator 

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