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West Nile Advisory

BPH reports that on August 27, 2018, West Nile Virus risk has increased from moderate to high in Brookline. As of September 28, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed over 25 cases of West Nile virus in humans, several of which required hospitalization. This number is expected to increase until the first hard frost, likely to occur in November. People play an important role in protecting themselves by reducing skin exposure as well as using mosquito repellant. Information about the virus can also be found on the website and by phone at 617-730-2295.

West Nile Fact Sheet

Blue-Green Algae Advisory

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently informed the Brookline Department of Public Health that the CHESTNUT HILL RESERVOIR in CLEVELAND CIRCLE currently has a blue-green algae bloom which can cause illness in both humans and animals.

The Brookline Department of Public Health recommends that people keep themselves and their pets from coming into contact with water from that reservoir. For more information, visit the Algae Bloom website.

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.