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Racial Segregation Concentrates Residents of Color Near High-Polluting Roads, Study Shows

45% of Greater Boston’s Black residents, 47% of Asian residents, and 54% of Latino residents live in highest-polluting areas, compared to only 29% of White residents Exposure linked to increased COVID-19 and other health risks For immediate release: Monday, June 22, 2020     BOSTON – Greater Boston residents of color are more likely to live near […]

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Greater Boston Residents of Color More Likely to Live Near High-Polluting Roadways

Greater Boston Residents of Color More Likely to Live Near High-Polluting Roads Linked to increased COVID-19 risk Greater Boston residents of color are more likely to live close to high-polluting roadways, demonstrates a new study released by MAPC today.  Forty-five percent of the region’s Black residents, 47 percent of the region’s Asian residents, and 54 […]

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MAPC Presents to the Governor’s Reopening Task Force

The Road to Reopening & Recovery For the past two months, MAPC has been actively engaged with state and local leaders to curb the spread and lessen the impact of COVID-19. With our colleagues at the Northeast Regional Advisory Council (NERAC), we repurposed Homeland Security funds to buy ventilators for some of our smaller hospitals. […]

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Update: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap

Update: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap Date: May 13, 2020 Each week brings troubling news about the economic effects of the COVID-19 crisis, and MAPC has been working to stay on top of new information as it emerges. We published our first research brief about the housing security implications of widespread layoffs on April 2 […]

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The Opioid Epidemic: A Mother’s Reckoning

Over 2,000 people died of opioid overdoses in Massachusetts last year. Our state has one of the highest rates of opioid overdose deaths in the country. Substance use upends the lives of not only those facing an opioid use disorder, but their friends and family as well. The effects of this public health crisis can […]

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May Data Viz: Responding to COVID-19

Every month, MAPC’s Data Services department is releasing maps and data visualizations covering a range of vital and interrelated topics: equity, housing, transportation, climate, arts and culture, and more. The May visualization highlights the work municipalities across Massachusetts have done to increase testing sites, available shelters, and isolation centers for the folks most impacted by […]

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Research Brief: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap

Report: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap   The “first wave” of COVID-related unemployment in Massachusetts is represented in the nearly 329,000 initial unemployment claims filed between March 16 and March 28. The largest share of claims was from workers in Food Preparation, followed by Office and Administrative, Sales, Construction, and Transportation occupations. This first wave […]

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MAPC Issues Statement on Trump Administration Rollback of Fuel Efficiency Standards

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) today issued a statement responding to weakened fuel efficiency standards announced by the Trump administration. “MAPC strongly opposes fuel efficiency rollbacks that will imperil people’s health, our environment, and the economy of our region, state, and country,” said MAPC Deputy Director Rebecca Davis. “Reversing course on efficiency and greenhouse […]

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Equity-Forward Economic Development in Uphams Corner

Equity-Forward Development in Uphams Corner Across the Boston region and the United States, neighborhoods are experiencing significant economic changes. In some cases, residents can ride the wave of the economic surge and see their lives improve. Unfortunately, not all are lifted by this wave: many have been limited by a history of racial, legal, and […]

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New Focus in Community Health Needs Assessments: The Social Determinants of Health

New Focus in Community Health Needs Assessments: The Social Determinants of Health Community health needs assessments (CHNAs), commonly performed by hospitals and other institutions, identify and describe factors that affect a given area’s health. Lately, there’s been a shift: CHNAs increasingly focus on the social determinants of health. This is making the assessments more useful […]

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