Boston Public Health Commission launches blog

The Boston Public Health Commission, the nation’s oldest health department, joined the blogosphere today, launching its Healthy Boston Blog.

The commission’s debut post from executive director Dr. Barbara Ferrer includes a quick history lesson.

“Did you know,’’ Ferrer wrote, “ that 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?’’

Today, the commission also includes Boston EMS, homeless services, and addiction treatment.

The posting provides a snapshot of the agency’s services, which includes help with kicking the cigarette habit by offering free nicotine patches to Boston residents, and running the Mayor’s Health Line, 617-534-5050 / Toll-Free: 1-800-847-0710.

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That help line, Ferrer said, “can help you find a local health care provider or get information on a variety of personal and public health issues … in more than 160 languages.’’

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