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The following is Registration information for the Brookline Department of Public Health special coupon program at the Farmers’ Market. Please bring a form of ID to verify that you are a Brookline resident and eligible for the program.. This message will be updated regularly. Please note:  At some locations, registration may involve a lottery. Dates and locations are:

Lutheran Latvian Church | 58 Irving Street
Wednesday, September 15, 2021 | 4 - 6 pm

Brookline Housing Authority | 90 Longwood Avenue
Monday, September 20, 2021 | 10 - 11:30 am

Brookline Senior Center | 93 Winchester Street
Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 10 am - noon

For questions or further information , please call 617-730-2336 or email Lynne Karsten (

Brookline Department of Public Food Coupon Program Flyer

Brookline Department of Public Health Awarded Grant to Help Families in Need Access Farmers' Market (Press Release)


Public Health in Brookline is much more than a one-week celebration. Support local public health, get involved - join the Friends of Brookline Public Health. 

If you are interested in becoming a member, fill out an application today

More information: Lynne Karsten:

Past Public Health Forums

Get the Facts/Get the Vax: Vaccine Hesitancy & Myths | April 7, 2021 

Adult Mental Health in the time of COVID-19 | March 24, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine: Brookline Update | February 2, 2021

COVID-19: A conversation about COVID-19 | June 22, 2020

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.