Public Health

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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants be exclusively breastfed for about the first 6 months with continued breastfeeding alongside introduction of appropriate complementary foods for 1 year or longer. The World Health Organization also recommends exclusively breastfeeding up to 6 months of age with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to 2 years of age or beyond.

Healthy People 2020external icon objectives include increasing the proportion of infants who are ever breastfed to 81.9%, increasing the proportion of infants who are breastfed exclusively through 6 months to 25.5%, and increasing the proportion of infants who are breastfed at 1 year to 34.1%.

NOTICE:  Fundraisers & Temporary Events

Any and all food vendors within City of Brownsville, must obtain a temporary health permit; this includes beverages/food gifted to the public.  Fundraisers are reviewed, and approved based on their intended purpose.  For more information on how to obtain a temporary health permit, please contact our office at (956)542-3437, and we'll be more than glad to assist you.  

The City of Brownsville Public Health Department's mission is to improve the quality of life, safety and well-being of our community through education and enforcement. 

The Public Health Department has over 34 full and part time staffed assigned to five divisions.

The divisions are as follows:

  • Animal Regulation & Care Center
    • Dedicated to improving the quality of life for the extended pet population.
  • Inspections & Foods
    • Dedicated to ensure food sold and served within the city is safe and produced under sanitary conditions.
  • Ordinance Enforcement
    • Dedicated to improving the quality of life, protect the health, safety and welfare of the community through enforcement.
  • Vector Control
    • Dedicated to monitoring and controlling mosquitos that are capable of transmitting disease.
  • Wellness
    • Dedicated to improving the City of Brownsville employees health and wellness.