Health Department

September 1st is Move In Day!
Welcome to Brookline!
Fact Sheet "Seeking Safe and Sanitary Housing"

Department of Public Health Open House
September 28, 2017

National Preparedness Month

Brookline WNV Mosquito Alert 7/21/2017 (pdf)

MPHA's Commitment to challenging racism and injustice

Health Advisory: "Dealing With Wild Turkeys"

Web Link of the Month
NACCHO Newsletter

"Kids Can't Fly" Window Safety For Warmer Weather"

Information on Child Safety
Child Safety and Injury Prevention (CDC)

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.
The Great Public Health Achievements (1900-1999)
  • Vaccinations
  • Safer workplace
  • Safer and healthier food
  • Motor vehicle safety
  • Control of infectious diseases
  • Family planning
  • Recognition of tobacco use as a health hazard
  • Fluoridation of drinking water
  • Healthier mothers and babies
  • Decline in death from coronary heart disease and strokes

Through these 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.

In essence, for every investment in prevention we make saves not just one life but, improves the overall population in any community. Combining the medical model with the public health model essentially creates a public health system. The public health system includes hospitals, civic groups, nonprofit organizations, community centers, employers, corrections, elected officials, fire, transit, home health, EMS, schools, nursing homes, and law enforcement agencies. Now that’s a worthy investment in prevention for a HEALTHY Brookline!

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.