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TAKE ACTION FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND THE CLIMATE!

Mothers Out Front welcomes everyone – not just mons– to join our fight for a livable climate. We meet monthly for Zoom Brunch and weekly for drop-in coffees to take action. Join us! Visit us at https://www.mothersoutfront.org/brookline or email: info.ma.brookline@mothersoutfront.org

Climate Action Brookline's campaign to DOUBLE the number of Brookline residents choosing the Town of Brookline’s “100% Clean, Renewable Electricity” is underway. Signing on is a powerful way to fight climate change. Go to climateactionbrookline.org. and switch to Brookline Green Electricity, the town's alternate electricity program.

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: lkarsten@brooklinema.gov

Calendar of Events (PDF)

Past Public Health Forums

Get the Facts/Get the Vax: Vaccine Hesitancy & Myths | April 7, 2021 (coming soon)

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

Greetings!

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.