Health Department

The “Health Quiz “ is back!

In celebration of Public Health Week, the Brookline Health Department has posted a new Health Quiz.

Test your knowledge on Public Health issues! You could win a fabulous prize if you score 100%

The Quiz is linked here:


Press Release

Week's Events

April 2          #NotFakeNews: Public Health and Climate Change

April 3         Hello Brookline:The Conversation Game for Living and Dying Well

April 3         Public Health & Gun Control - Who really is in control?

April 4         The Secret Lives of Tweens & Teens

April 5         You Are The Help Until Help Arrives

April 6         Stink! A Movie by Jon J. Whelan

April 7         Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge


Fact Sheet "Seeking Safe and Sanitary Housing"

MPHA's Commitment to challenging racism and injustice

Health Advisory:"Dealing With Wild Turkeys"

NACCHO Newsletter

"Kids Can't Fly" Window Safety For Warmer Weather"

Child Safety and Injury Prevention (CDC)

                                  Population Health


I’ve been asked many times what population health is. Wikipedia defines it as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group." It is in essence, a strategic plan to improve the health of the entire population.

Health is a dynamic state of complete physical, mental, spiritual, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  (WHO, 1998)
Public Health is “What we, as a society, do collectively to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy." (IOM 1988).

Public Health 
  • Prevents epidemics and the spread of disease
  • Prevents injuries
  • Promotes and encourages healthy behavior
  • Responds to disasters
  • Assures the quality and accessibility of Health Services

“Population health is public health”
  • A medical model saves lives one person at a time
  • Public Health saves lives millions at a time.
Through public health achievements life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47.3 years in 1900 to 78.1 years in 1996. That’s a 25+ years of life improvement.


Additional Information

Dr. Swannie Jett, Health Commissioner of Public Health, asks that you contact the Brookline Health Department at 617-730-2300 with any questions or requests for additional information.