Family Initiatives Department of Public Health Bureau of Family Health & Nutrition

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Contact Information

Department of Public Health Bureau of Family Health & Nutrition
Contact: Suzanne Gottlieb, Director Office of Family Initiatives
Email Address:
Phone: 617-624-5979
Fax: 617-624-5990

250 Washington Street Boston, MA 02108
Area Served: Boston

Map Location Family Initiatives


The Family Initiatives Unit provides oversight and leadership of activities & programs to ensure family engagement in and a family-centered focus to all Department of Public Health, Division for Children & Youth with Special Health Needs (DCYSHN) programs. Family Initiatives provides multiple and varied opportunities for family members whose children have special health care needs to participate in the development and implementation of policies, programs, practices and evaluation. Major projects and activities of the Family Initiatives Unit include: ¨ Early Intervention Parent Leadership Project  ¨ Family TIES (Together in Enhancing Support) of Massachusetts; development of the Chapter 171 Family Support Plan; Emergency Preparedness for families whose children have complex health care needs ¨ Promoting Family-Professional Partnerships; skill building and training opportunities for families to prepare them to participate in systems change and improvement activities.

Service Types

  • Disability Awareness
  • Early Intervention
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Family Support

Program Type

  • Education

Populations Served

  • All Disabilities
  • Developmental Delay Birth to 3

Ages Served

  • Birth to 3
  • 3 - 4
  • 5 - 8
  • 9 - 13
  • 14 - 18
  • 19 - 22

Languages Spoken

  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Additional Information

  • Fees: Free Service