Food Code Revised
On September 12, 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health amended 105 CMR 590.00: State Sanitary Code Chapter X: Minimum Sanitation Standards for Food Establishments to include sections of the 2013 FDA Food Code with amendments made by FDA in 2015. The amendments were published in the Massachusetts register on October 5, 2018 and became effective upon publication.
Recall Update: Romaine Lettuce
Please be advised of the following: Romaine Lettuce Recall Update
CDC is advising that consumers, retailers, and restaurants not eat, serve, or sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Central Coast growing regions of Northern and Central California.
Read the follow-up announcement: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-11-18/index.html
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pat Maloney at (617) 730-2303.
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MLK Celebration: "Reflections on Race - Brookline Then and Now"
Please join together for Brookline's celebration of the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at 3 pm Monday, January 21, 2019, at the Coolidge Corner Theatre.
The theme for this year’s event is “Reflections on Race - Brookline Then and Now”. This year's program will feature Brookline: Facing Civil Rights, a documentary film conceptualized by the MLK Jr. Celebration Committee and Produced by R. Harvey Bravman. The documentary highlights recollections of Civil Rights in the 50s, 60s and 70s by six Brookline residents. After the film, there will be a discussion with Boston Globe Spotlight Editor, Patricia Wen. In 2018, Patricia oversaw a seven-part series on race issues in Boston.
The program includes poetry, music and the inspirational words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Also featuring: poet/performer Regie Gibson and Brookline Poet Laureate Zvi Sesling.
This event is free but to guarantee a seat you must reserve a ticket beforehand. Please reserve a ticket at:
Reserved tickets will be available until Friday, January 18th.
Sign language interpretation will be provided. Other reasonable accommodations are available upon request.
The Coolidge Corner Theater is accessible to persons with disabilities.
Brookline's Pan-Asian Lunar New Year
Please join us for Brookline's Pan Asian Lunar New Year Celebration to be held on Saturday, February 9th from 1-3pm, at the Brookline High School. Details & how to RSVP about this free event can be found below.
Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, 1-3pm
Brookline High School, MLK Room & Atrium
115 Greenough Street, Brookline, MA
Free & Open to All; Light Refreshments
Celebrate - Chinese New Year (新年)/Korean Seollal/ Vietnamese Tết
Enjoy – Lion Dancing, Asian food, Music, Crafts, Games, Performances (Chinese Yoyo, Genki Spark Taiko Drumming and more!)
Games – Interactive table games for children and adults
For More Information & to RSVP, please go to: https://goo.gl/forms/RPd9pnL7nGQlZKFB3
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Tobacco Grant Awarded
On August 6, 2018, The Brookline Department of Public Health and Human Services was awarded a grant of $65,000 for four years from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) to prevent nicotine use and improve public health. Brookline is one of 16 municipal health departments who received awards to work in partnership with neighboring cities and towns to reduce the influence of the tobacco and vaping industries on communities. The funding will strengthen capacity in Brookline and also serve Arlington, Belmont, Norwood, Randolph, Stoughton, and Watertown. This award continues and expands work that Brookline has done previously through the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program.
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).
- 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.
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.