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16 May, 2017, 15:46 ET Pennsylvania Physician General and Dauphin County Coroner Discuss Benzodiazepine Prescribing Guidelines

Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine met with Dauphin County Coroner Graham Hetrick to discuss the Wolf Administration's prescribing guidelines for...


12 May, 2017, 09:06 ET Secretary of Health Highlights Pennsylvania's Innovative Health Care Initiatives for Rural Residents to International Providers

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy spoke at the Rural and Northern Health Care Leadership Conference held in Toronto, Canada,...


03 May, 2017, 14:51 ET Physician General Discusses Wolf Administration's $26.5 Million Federal Grant to Combat Heroin and Opioid Crisis for Pennsylvania Medical Society Event

Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today explained how the Wolf Administration plans to use the $26.5 million 21st Century Cures Grant in its...


02 May, 2017, 09:52 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Releases 2017 Report on Untested Sexual Assault Kits and Backlogged Evidence

Today, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy released the 2017 Report on Untested Sexual Assault Kits and Backlogged Evidence outlining the progress...


21 Apr, 2017, 14:48 ET Physician General and Department of Aging Chief Medical Officer Address Opioid Addiction in Older Pennsylvanians

Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and Department of Aging's Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Galinsky today visited Senior LIFE Reading...


20 Apr, 2017, 09:30 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Selects Vendor for Medical Marijuana 'Seed-to-Sale' Tracking System

Today, Secretary of Health Karen Murphy announced that the Department of Health has selected MJ Freeway to implement the seed-to-sale electronic...


17 Apr, 2017, 16:47 ET The Pennsylvania Department of Health Seeking Two Individuals Who May Have Been Bitten by Possible Rabid Ferret near Hustontown, Fulton County

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is warning Fulton County residents of a potentially rabid black and white ferret that bit one individual and...


14 Apr, 2017, 14:28 ET Physician General Partners with Agricultural Community Leaders to Highlight the Opioid Epidemic's Impact on Rural Pennsylvanians

Today, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine visited Weis Markets in Mifflintown, Juniata County, to discuss the opioid epidemic's effects on...


12 Apr, 2017, 20:00 ET Pennsylvania Physician General Outlines Wolf Administration Initiatives to Fight Opioid Epidemic during Tamaqua Town Hall Meeting on Heroin

Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today participated in a town hall meeting at Tamaqua Area Middle School in Schuylkill County and highlighted...


11 Apr, 2017, 09:14 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Asking for Input on Medical Marijuana Temporary Regulations for Physicians

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy today urged the medical community to provide feedback on proposed temporary regulations...


07 Apr, 2017, 16:09 ET Pennsylvania Department of Health Holds Zika Response Exercise

Today, the Department of Health held an exercise to bolster the state and local preparedness and response plans for potential future cases of...


06 Apr, 2017, 11:49 ET Department of Health Unveils First Prostate Cancer Task Force Report on the State of Prostate Health in Pennsylvania

Today, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy announced the availability of the Prostate Cancer Task Force Report, which outlines recommendations for...


04 Apr, 2017, 11:49 ET Secretary of Health Celebrates Public Health Week by Highlighting the Importance of Telehealth in Improving Health of Rural Pennsylvanians

Today, Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy and Penn State Hershey Stroke Center Co-Director Dr. Ray Reichwein recognized National Public Health...


31 Mar, 2017, 13:51 ET Department of Health Asks Health Care Providers for Input on Pennsylvania's Medical Marijuana Program

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today encouraged health care providers to participate in an online survey as the agency moves forward in the...


17 Mar, 2017, 14:44 ET PA Physician General Discusses Opioid Crisis at American Academy of Pain Medicine's Annual Convention

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today highlighted the opioid crisis during her keynote address for the American Academy of Pain...


13 Mar, 2017, 16:33 ET Department of Health Urges Pennsylvanians to Stay Healthy and Safe by Preparing for Major Winter Storm

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today urged Pennsylvanians to take important precautions to ensure their health and safety, and that of their...


02 Mar, 2017, 16:13 ET Wolf Administration Officials Participate in Lackawanna County Opioid Task Force to Combat Epidemic in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy and Secretary of Aging Secretary Teresa Osborne today joined local officials to launch the...


24 Feb, 2017, 09:04 ET Department of Health Investigating Mumps Cases at Pennsylvania State University

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy announced that the Department of Health is working with Pennsylvania State University, or PSU, to investigate...


23 Feb, 2017, 16:41 ET PA Secretary of Health Highlights the Importance of Working with Communities to Improve Health at Public Health 3.0 Echo Event

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today stressed the importance of improving health outcomes and access to quality health care at a meeting with...


17 Feb, 2017, 16:41 ET Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Convenes Inaugural Meeting for the First State Interagency Health Equity Team in the Nation

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy has convened the inaugural meeting for the Pennsylvania Interagency Health Equity Team, the first state-led...


16 Feb, 2017, 12:43 ET Department of Health Reports Seoul Virus Infection in Pennsylvania Pet Rat; No Confirmed Human Infections to Date

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that one pet rat in a Pennsylvania home-based breeding facility has tested positive for the...


16 Feb, 2017, 08:56 ET With Flu Activity High, Department of Health Reminds Pennsylvanians It's Not Too Late To Get Flu Shot

The Department of Health is reminding everyone in Pennsylvania that there is still time to get immunized against the flu as the number...


10 Feb, 2017, 14:01 ET PA Physician General and Secretary of Aging Visit Wilkes-Barre Pharmacy to Demonstrate How to Purchase and Use Naloxone

Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne visited a Walgreens pharmacy in Wilkes-Barre today to...


06 Feb, 2017, 15:09 ET Pennsylvanians Warned of Dangers of Fentanyl Following Recent Cluster of Fatal Overdoses in Philadelphia

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy and Acting Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith are warning Pennsylvanians of the potentially...


01 Feb, 2017, 12:12 ET Secretary of Health Urges Pennsylvanians to Get Their Blood Pressure Checked During American Heart Month

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy urged all Pennsylvanians, especially women, to get their blood pressure checked during a special...