Planning101: Public Health

public health

Planning101 is a space for MAPC staff to share their wealth of knowledge on topics related to smart growth and regional collaboration. This blog covers a diverse range of issues that include transportation, clean energy, land use, environment, public health, local government, equity, the innovative usage of public data, and the process of creating digital tools.

MAPC’s 2019-2020 Legislative Priorities

By Elise Harmon | January 29, 2019

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 […]

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

By Elise Harmon | November 20, 2018

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 […]

Get Ready for Climate Preparedness Week

By Sasha Shyduroff | September 18, 2018

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, […]

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

By Kit Un | June 25, 2018

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 […]

The Impact of Arts and Culture in Public Health

By Kit Un | May 1, 2018

Article Written by Michael Rosenberg with content provided by Carolyn Lewenberg   Art and culture implemented in community spaces through public art and cultural events can have a positive impact on community health in multiple ways. On Monday, April 23, a discussion about Art and Public Health wrapped up the third and final installment of […]

Help Build a Sculptural Garden Along Northern Strand Community Trail

By Elise Harmon | March 16, 2018

Written by Carolyn Lewenberg at MAPC with additional comments provided by Emily Nink, Kathleen O’Brien, and Jenn Erickson Community gardeners and other members of the public excited about growing food are invited to help build a sculptural garden area along the Northern Strand Community Trail! The Metropolitan Area Planning Council’s arts and culture, environment, and […]

Beat the Heat This Summer With Keep Cool

By Elise Harmon | June 21, 2017

Just in time for the official start of summer, MAPC has rolled out its pioneering Keep Cool app. In partnership with the Metro Mayors Coalition Climate Preparedness Taskforce, MAPC soft launched this innovative new web application last summer as a resource for those who live and work in the Coalition’s 14 cities and towns in […]

Introducing Trailmap, Your Comprehensive Guide to Local Trails

By Elise Harmon | May 18, 2017

On the first day of Bay State Bike Week, MAPC celebrated by announcing the launch of Trailmap, a comprehensive online map of trails for cyclists, walkers, and others engaging in active transportation and looking to explore the trails and other amenities throughout the MAPC region and beyond. Senior Transportation Planner David Loutzenheiser unveiled the tool […]

How Can We Tell if Complete Streets Policies are Working?

By Elise Harmon | April 12, 2017

How do we measure what really matters? As a planner, I know the plan is important but it is not what really counts at the end of the day. It’s the changes that follow the plan – changes in policies, funding, and social capital among others – that really count. And, to get to the things […]

Who Benefits (and Who Can Be Harmed) as Neighborhoods Change?

By Amanda Linehan | December 6, 2016

Gentrification changes neighborhoods. It raises property values and brings new investments in parks and public spaces, streetscapes, and services. These are changes that can improve economic and social well-being. Unfortunately, changes like these can also push individuals and families in these same neighborhoods from their homes. One particular way this threat can come is by […]