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Shifts in Community Health Needs Assessments: Tilting Towards a Social Determinants of Health Lens

Shifts in Community Health Needs Assessments: Tilting Towards a Social Determinants of Health Lens As community health needs assessments (CHNAs) are becoming more prominent, a shift has occurred in what hospitals – and other agencies and institutions – are prioritizing. A CHNA identifies and describes factors that affect the health of a community. The process […]

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Videos: Voices on Climate

Voices on Climate Change “Cape Cod was named for the codfish, and now we don’t see any codfish anymore,” observes Chatham fisherman Jamie Bassett, gesturing out to the Atlantic Ocean from his boat, “Does that mean the waters are warming around here? I don’t know. I’m not a scientist, I don’t know what the optimum […]

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Health, Hens, and Equity: MAPC Examines Cambridge’s Urban Agriculture Policy

As the weather warms and the trees sprout leaves after long bare months, the city of Cambridge welcomes spring: sprouts and stakes appear in community gardens, bees buzz around their hives, hens peck in backyards, and urban farmers sell their wares from farm stands. That’s what springtime in Cambridge could look like in a few […]

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Schools of Thought on Climate Change: MAPC’s Newest Art Installation

Climate change is already visible across the Metro Boston region, forcing individuals and communities to cope with increasingly severe weather, unpredictable harvests and workplace conditions, and greater risks from vector-borne and heat-related illnesses. MAPC’s newest art installation “Schools of Thought on Climate Change: Stories from Land and Sea,” integrates storytelling with public art to show […]

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Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: How MA Cities and Towns are Connecting People to Services

The Chelsea Hub and Revere’s Substance Use Disorder Initiatives are highlighted in MAPC’s Connecting People to Services. Cities and towns in Greater Boston are on the front line in addressing the impacts of the opioid epidemic. Local police and fire are often first on the scene to revive individuals who have overdosed. Municipal public health, […]

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MAPC’s 2019-2020 Legislative Priorities

The deadline to file bills for the 2019-2020 Massachusetts legislative session was Friday, Jan. 19. Over 5,000 bills were filed before that date – including several smart growth priorities from MAPC. Our proposals were crafted to address the transportation, climate, and housing challenges in the 101 cities and towns of our region. If enacted, these […]

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MAPC Helps City of Everett, Community Partners Launch First-Ever Food Plan

Photo by Cyara Lambert Good food and good health go hand in hand. With a good food system comes environmental sustainability, social cohesion, and civic engagement. And Everett residents are ready for food system change. Like many urban areas, the City of Everett faces challenges to providing equitable access to healthy, culturally appropriate foods. Recent […]

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Get Ready for Climate Preparedness Week

Last year, the 2017 hurricane season was one of the most intense on record, with three Category 4 storms making landfall in the U.S. Last week, Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas hard. The impacts of these storms can be devastating, including property damage, injury, and even death. September also happens to be National Preparedness Month, […]

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MAPC issues statement on proposal to weaken vehicle emissions, fuel efficiency standards

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement in reaction to the proposed rule from the Trump Administration that would imperil the current greenhouse gas emission standards for model year 2021-2026 vehicles, and put in place weakened emission and fuel efficiency standards at the expense of our health, our environment, and our economy.

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Sharing Information on Opioid Use: How can Health Care and Local Government Partners Communicate to Save Lives?

As part of the work that supports the Metro Mayors Coalition (MMC) in addressing the opioid crisis, MAPC, in partnership with Mass General Hospital, hosted a forum on information sharing at MGH’s Revere HealthCare Center. The event, “Sharing Information on Opioid Use: How Can Health Care and Local Government Partners Communicate to Save Lives”, brought […]

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