Department of Health & Wellness Promotion

The Following Health Services are Delivered by the Institute for Population Health on Behalf of the Department of Health and Wellness Promotion:

•    Children Special Health Care Services
•    Immunization
•    Maternal Child Health
•    Substance Abuse
•    WIC – Women Infant & Children
•    Clinical Services
•    Dental
•    Family Planning
•    Laboratory
•    Sexually Transmitted Infections
•    Vision & Hearing
•    Communicable Diseases
•    Environmental Services
•    Environmental Safety Unit
•    Food Safety Unit
Detailed information about these health services can be found here.

Detroit Vital Records Transferred to Wayne County

Beginning in 2014, individuals must obtain Detroit birth and death certificates through the Wayne County Clerk’s Office. The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion closed its Vital Records Division permanently in  December 2013.

Obtain Detroit Birth & Death Certificates at:
Wayne County Clerk’s Office
640 Temple Street; Suite 625
Detroit, MI  48201

For Further Assistance, Please Call:

(313) 833-2887 or (313) 833-2881

Hours of Operation Will Be:
8 AM – 3 PM
Monday – Friday

For additional information on how to obtain a Detroit birth or death certificate via the Wayne County Clerk’s Office, visit

State of Michigan

Individuals may also obtain birth and death certificates through the State of Michigan Vital Records Office
By Mail: P.O. Box 30721, Lansing, MI 48909
For More Information: (517) 335-8666   

Affordable Care Act Coverage Information

Ways to Get Insurance Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act .pdf

Health Concerns About the Misuse of Pesticides for Bed Bug Control

Public Health Issues

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors. Some pesticides are being applied indoors even though they are approved only for outdoor use. Even pesticides that are approved for indoor use can cause harm if over applied or not used as instructed on the product label.      download full information


The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) has three core functions as defined by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).  These functions are to assess the health of the community, lead and promote evidenced-based policies that are in the public’s best interest, and assure the availability of community and personal health services that are important to the resident of Detroit. DHWP Administration exists to develop and execute the core functions. The Department of Health and Wellness Promotion (DHWP) is responsible for preventing and addressing diseases that threaten the health and well-being of Detroit citizens.

In addition, the DHWP administration exists to implement and enforce all laws and regulations within its authority to protect the public’s health and safety, including responding to emergencies, disasters and communicable disease.

The City of Detroit maintains it designation as a local health department operated by (1) the Health Officer, (2) the Deputy Health Officer, and (3) the Medical Director. These employees, at a minimum, assure the provision of required public health services, and enforce local and state ordinances, and the Michigan Public Health Code (”Code”).  The Health Office or designee exercises all powers and duties vested in them by the Code.

The City of Detroit has designated the Institute of Population Health (IPH) as the entity through which public health, substance abuse, and related health services are delivered to city residents as of October 1, 2012.  IPH was developed to address the decline in public health funding and the risk of jeopardizing the health of Detroit residents. IPH is dedicated to improving the availability and quality of population health, personal health and human services by fostering innovation, leveraging resources and building partnerships across the public sectors.

Services delegated and administered by IPH include, WIC Supplemental Food Services, Children’s Special Health Care Services and Early-On, Maternal and Infant Health Program, Insurance Enrollment, Family Planning, Dental, Vision and Hearing, Immunization, Tuberculosis Control, STD Clinic, HIV/AIDS Prevention, Substance Abuse Services, Food Safety, Environmental Safety, and Emergency Preparedness. Follow this link to view programs.

Follow this link for detailed program information on the Institute for Population Health (IPH)