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Planning101: Public Health

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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.

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 […]

Staying (stair)well

By Amanda Linehan | April 17, 2015

In a fierce, bareknuckle clash of the titans, MAPC competed last week to see which floor could climb the most stairs. Honor was at stake. So was a Top Banana trophy. Losing. Was. Not. An. Option. The crazed competition was hosted by MAPC’s Public Health Division to celebrate National Public Health Week to promote positive […]

Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

By Amanda Linehan | February 17, 2015

We are very happy to announce that The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and MAPC Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund (HNEF) has been recognized by the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) as a model report. If you haven’t heard, the HNEF is a proposed $30 million private […]

MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

By Amanda Linehan | February 11, 2015

A big congratulations to the five MAPC communities that were ranked in Smart Growth America’s Top 10 Complete Streets Policies of 2014. MAPC provided direct assistance to four of the winners, Acton, Middleton, Reading, and Salem, in drafting their complete street policies. The town of Stoughton, the fifth winner from the region, drafted it’s own […]