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ODICR July Quiz

This July, we remember the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, celebrate Disability Pride Month, and acknowledge all of the work that is left to be done to ensure our community is inclusive and universally accessible. 

This month you can test your knowledge on the ADA and Disability Rights, research and read up on information that is new to you, and share this quiz with others! Take the quiz here: 

Your name will be entered to win a Raffle prize at the end of the year if you score a 10/10!

If you would like to learn more about the Brookline Commission on Disability and current projects you can visit:


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:

Past Public Health Forums

Get the Facts/Get the Vax: Vaccine Hesitancy & Myths | April 7, 2021 

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


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.