Community Health

The Division of Community Health oversees community health initiatives focused on health improvement and disease prevention.

Virtual Forum | COVID-19 Vaccine - Brookline Update

February 2, 2021 at 7:00 pm

COVID-19 VACCINE FORUM FBBrookline residents can learn the latest about the COVID-19 vaccine and its rollout in Massachusetts at an evening virtual program Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 7:00 pm. The forum, COVID-19 Vaccine: Brookline Update, features Brookline public health professionals who work at the forefront of COVID-19 vaccine activity in Massachusetts. The discussion will explore the status of the vaccines in Brookline and in the Commonwealth, including insight into their development and distribution.  Register for the program, which is free and open to the public using this link: COVID-19 Vaccine - Brookline Update.

The featured speakers are;  Lindsey Baden, MD, a Brookline resident, who is Director of Clinical Research, Division of Infectious Diseases, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He is also Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baden is a top infectious disease specialist and an expert in vaccine development for viral diseases.  He serves as Principal Investigator of the Moderna vaccine clinical trials at Brigham and Women’s.  Dr. Baden will provide an update on the COVID-19 vaccines currently in use and vaccine experiences to date, including vaccine safety and efficacy.

Larry Madoff, MD, also a Brookline resident, will discuss the Commonwealth’s plan for distributing the vaccine throughout Massachusetts.  He is part of the COVID-19 leadership team at the Mass. Department of Public Health (MDPH), and serves as Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences for MDPH.  Dr. Madoff is Professor of Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and Lecturer on Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

 Dr. Swannie Jett, Director of Brookline’s Public Health Department, will outline how administration of the vaccine will occur in Brookline. Dr. Jett has served as the head of Brookline’s public health department since May, 2017.  During his tenure he has been a key leader as the town addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.  He is a member of the team organizing COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Brookline.

 Brookline Village resident, Natalia Linos, MSc, ScD, serves as Executive Director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard Chan School of Public Health.  She also serves on the Poor People’s Campaign COVID-19 Health Justice Advisory Committee.  Following her doctoral training in Epidemiology, Dr. Linos led the United Nations Development Programme’s work at the intersection of health and climate change.  Dr. Linos will serve as Moderator for the program.

 "We are extremely lucky to count these experts in the field of public health and vaccines as members of our community, and I am grateful for the unique opportunity we have to bring them together to hear their insights on the vaccine effort in Massachusetts," Dr. Jett said. "While the distribution of the vaccine statewide and in Brookline is an extremely complex and challenging effort, this event will help everyone better understand how it will work and I encourage everyone to attend."

For further information, please contact Lynne Karsten,; 617-730-2336.

National Public Health Week 2021

National Public Health Week in Brookline is Monday, April 5 - Sunday, April 11, 2021. National Public Health Week acknowledges the contributions of public health in communities across the country and highlights the issues that are important to improving the health of our nation. In 2021, the Brookline Department of Public Health will celebrate the week by revisiting previous activities that can be viewed virtually. Please check back in later March to see what is planned.


Current activities include:

  • Adult immunization
  • Climate change to reduce Brookline's carbon footprint
  • Elder health programs
  • Healthy eating and physical activity
  • Injury prevention
  • Women's health

Additional Information

The division annually promotes Car-Free School Day, Food Day, Brookline Climate Week, and National Public Health Week.