BROOKLINE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH FOOD COUPON PROGRAM AT FARMERS' MARKET | Registration Information
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
FRIENDS OF BROOKLINE PUBLIC HEALTH
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: email@example.com
Past Public Health Forums
COVID-19 Indoor Mask Signage
The following are signs for use in residential properties.
The following is a sign for use in local businesses.
COVID-19 TESTING SITE LOCATOR
MENTAL HEALTH DURING THE TIME OF COVID-19
BROOKLINE ACT VACCINE PROJECT (video links)
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
"Prepare to protect. Preparing for disaster is protecting everyone you love."
National Preparedness Month (NPM) is an observance each September to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time.
Make A Plan
Make a plan today. Your family may not be together if a disaster strikes, so it is important to know which types of disasters could affect your area. Know how you'll contact one another and reconnect if separated. Establish a family meeting place that's familiar and easy to find.
Many of these documents can be found in other languages here.
Build A Kit
After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own water, food and other supplies to last for several days.
Maintaining Your Kit
After assembling your kit remember to maintain it so it’s ready when needed:
- Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.
Kit Storage Locations
- Home: Keep this kit in a designated place and have it ready in case you have to leave your home quickly. Make sure all family members know where the kit is kept.
WEST NILE VIRUS
West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-carried virus that can cause illness ranging from a mild fever to more serious disease like encephalitis or meningitis. It was first identified in the United States in 1999. (source: mass.gov)
West Nile Virus Fact Sheet (MDPH)
Protect your family: West Nile Virus Prevention (CDC)
Brookline Health& Human Services Urges Community to Take Precautions Against West Nile Virus After Risk Level Elevated
We are approaching bat season in Brookline. If you have captured a bat in your home, rabies testing is available. The Brookline Department of Public Health is collecting bats which will be submitted to the state laboratory for analysis. Our staff will notify you with the results; results are reported as soon as possible but could be delayed during ongoing response to COVID-19. Instructions to submit a bat for testing (PDF)
HEALTH ALERT: MARIJUANA, VAPING & COVID-19
With Phase 1 of Massachusetts’ reopening of businesses and services, recreational marijuana stores are being allowed to open. This could mean greater access for teens, who may not realize that even occasional marijuana smoking and vaping can compromise lungs and increase susceptibility and complications from COVID. Vaping has been especially problematic during the closure, which has caused an upswing in black market cartridges, which can be especially dangerous due to unregulated chemicals. At least one Brookline teen has gone to the hospital with a very severe reaction from vaping.
CNN has done a recent informative piece - https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/10/health/smoking-weed-coronavirus-wellness/index.html
PLEASE VISIT BROOKLINECOVID19.COM
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.