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MAPC, MyRWA Launch Second Round of COVID-Safe Cooling Program

MAPC and Mystic River Watershed Association Launch Second Round of COVID-Safe Cooling Program In the spring of 2020, people were facing plenty of new challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic: preventing themselves from contracting the disease, conforming to social distancing requirements, wearing face masks, and avoiding indoor gatherings among them. But as the weather got […]

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MAPC Teams Up With Artists on COVID Communications

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, public art, comic strips and other accessible artworks that can be used by health agencies, […]

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MAPC Teams up with Artists on COVID Communications

MAPC Teams Up with Artists on COVID Communications For immediate release: Friday, March 26, 2021  The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) will work with artists to reach underserved communities with COVID-related public health messages, including the importance of getting vaccinated. Over the next few months, nine artists and artist teams will create posters, videos, postcards, […]

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DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville

Photo Credit: Atais Ribeiro, Keep Cool Somerville Photovoice Participant DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville A cooling strategies toolkit for increasingly hot summers Written by Operations Specialist Rachel Marx District Local Technical Assistance, or “DLTA” funds, are state grants distributed among the state’s 13 Regional Planning Agencies (RPAs)—including MAPC—to provide cities and towns with money and […]

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Grant Opportunity for Artists: Creative COVID-19 Communications

Grant Opportunity for Artists: Creative COVID-19 Communications MAPC is seeking artists, designers, and creatives to produce creative, culturally resonant communications about COVID-19 and vaccinations. We hope to work with artists, designers, and creatives to communicate about the pandemic with BIPOC and underserved communities through graphic design, film, illustration, and other creative products. The deadline to […]

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Boston Mayor, 50+ Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief

Boston Mayor, 50+ Municipal Leaders Ask State House for Small Biz Relief For Immediate Release: December 18, 2020 Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and more than 50 Massachusetts municipal leaders today are calling on State House leadership to provide immediate relief for small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. A coalition of 53 officials representing […]

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Webinar: Pool Testing for COVID-19

“Pool testing”—batching samples together and retesting individually if a result is positive—is a way for municipalities and schools to work together to provide regular, frequent, and cost-effective COVID-19 testing. In this December 14 webinar, attendees heard about a pool testing program led by Tufts University with Somerville and Medford Public Schools, as well as programs […]

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Transportation Planning with a Health Lens

Transportation Planning with a Health Lens The Blue Hills Regional Coordinating Council Assessment and Action Plan  In 2019, a group of local health and community leaders, transportation professionals, planners, and municipal employees gathered with a unique vision: to approach transportation planning in the Blue Hills region through a health lens.   The result was the […]

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MAPC Releases Statement on City of Boston Rollback to Phase 2.2

MAPC Releases Statement on City of Boston Rollback to Phase 2.2 For Release: December 14, 2020 at 3 p.m. MAPC Executive Director Marc D. Draisen released the following statement this afternoon: “MAPC applauds Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston for moving the city back to Phase 2.2 of the reopening plan. The […]

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Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7

Helping Local Health Organizations Fight COVID-19, 24/7 The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented pressure on hospitals, local health departments, emergency management organizations, and other health providers across the country and the Commonwealth. But in Northeastern Massachusetts, these local hospitals and agencies haven’t had to face the crisis alone: MAPC has provided essential support to these […]

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