National Public Health Week 2016

Community Members at National Public Health WeekNational Public Health Week in Brookline is Saturday, April 2 thru Sunday, April 10, 2016. National Public Health Week acknowledges the contributions of public health in communities across the country and highlights issues that are important to improving the health of our nation.  You can join the movement by getting involved in the events being held throughout the week. 

Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge
On Saturday, April 2, 2016, come to the Pierce School between 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. Brookline students with a passion for science invited to create and present new ideas that address current climate change challenges. Participants with the most innovative ideas will receive a certificate. 50 School Street. Download this event's flyer here.

Free Dental Care
On Saturday, April 2, 2016, come to the Longwood Dental Group; registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Those in need, 18 years and older, are eligible for extraction, one filling, or a cleaning. Up to 100 patients will be seen on a first come, first served basis.  Longwood Dental Group, 1842 Beacon Street, call 617-566-5445 to register. Download this event's flyer here.

Walk a Mile In Her Shoes (**Update: date has changed from April 3 to April 24)
On Sunday, April 24, 2016, come to the Garden of Remembrance (located on the back lawn of the Brookline Public Health Building) between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Men and boys of all ages are encouraged to don a red pair of high heels and walk 1 mile to show their commitment to end gender-based violence. Women, families, and the entire Brookline community are welcome to join in the walk and support the walkers. Register online. Garden of Remembrance, Brookline Public Health Building, 11 Pierce Street. Download this event's flyer here.

Girls' Night Out

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 (Update as of 3:50pm on 4/4/16: This event will go on as planned)

On Monday, April 4, 2016 come to the Puppet Showplace Theater between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.for a free evening of fun and entertainment for Brookline women to celebrate National Public Health Week. Talented Brookline women, including Elaine Shannon and her tap dancing partner, Rose Giovanetti; Dr. Susan Linn, faculty at Harvard Medical School and an award-winning ventriloquist; local writer and co-author of Shakespeare, Not Stirred: Cocktails for Your Everyday Dramas, Michelle Ephraim; Brookline Police Officer and storyteller, Casey Hatchett; Jenna Lea Scott, musical theatre performer and Brookline Music School Teacher; and Natalie Miller, staff at the Brookline Department of Public Health and professionally trained opera singer, will perform. Come unplug and unwind for a great night out. Puppet Showplace Theater, 32 Station Street. RSVP to lkarsten@brooklinema.gov. Download this event's flyer here

Better Hearing Begins Here
On Monday, April 4 2016, come to the Brookline Senior Center at 1:00 p.m. where Dr. Adrienne Ulrich will present on the challenges associated with hearing loss and the benefits of early amplification after loss detection. Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester Street, 617-730-2777. Download this event's flyer here.

Text Less, Live More
On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Held at Brookline High School all day, the campaign will encourage students to try turning their phones off - for the whole day, at home during dinner, while they are doing homework, at bedtime. Download this event's flyer here.

Critter Proofing Your Home
On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, come to the Brookline Department of Public Health (Denny Room) at 6:00 p.m. Pat Maloney, Assistant Director of Public Health, will discuss steps to keep bats, raccoons, and other critters out of your home and your yard. 11 Pierce Street. Download this event's flyer here.

Wildcrafting: Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Plants
On Thursday, April 7, 2016, come to the Brookline Main Library - Hunneman Hall between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Join herbalist Danielle Laberge as she discusses the benefits of wildcrafting; with a focus on nutritious food plants and medicinal weeds to be made into teas, tinctures and salves for personal health. Download this event's flyer here.

Teens and Opiates​


On Thursday, April 7, 2016, come to the Lincoln School Auditorium between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. to learn more about the opioid crisis currently affecting Massachusetts. Dr. Ruth Potee, addiction specialist, Valley Medical Group in Greenfield, MA is featured speaker. Lincoln School Auditorium, 19 Kennard Road. Download this event's flyer here.

Egmont, Trustman, and Dummer Street Apartments Special Dental Program


On Saturday, April 9, 2016 between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Free dental cleanings, exams and sealants by registered dental hygienists for children and adults residing in selected BHA family housing sites. Registration required; please call the Brookline Health Department at 617-730-2300.

For more information about National Public Health Week, contact Lynne Karsten, Director of Community Health at 617-730-2336 or at lkarsten@brooklinema.gov.