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.

Massachusetts House and Senate Pass Comprehensive Climate Legislation

By Sara Remus | July 21, 2022

For Immediate Release: Thursday, July 21 2022 The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is pleased that the Legislature has passed a comprehensive climate package that will positively impact our region’s environment, infrastructure, economy, and public health. We thank both the House and Senate for their leadership in passing important bills and working under a tight timeline […]

Heatwaves: How Extreme Heat Impacts Students and Educators

By Sasha Shyduroff | June 29, 2022

SCHOOL’S OUT FOR SUMMER As schools across the region wrap up their academic year and get excited for summer, others are planning for future heatwaves and how to protect students, teachers, and staff from extreme heat. Last summer, when Massachusetts experienced two early heatwaves (defined as 3-days or more over 90 degrees) in June, schools […]

Keeping Metro Boston Cool: Building a Heat Resilient Region

By Sasha Shyduroff | June 24, 2022

Take the Survey! How do you experience heat? How do you cool down? We’re working with the Metro Mayors Coalition to create a plan to address heat-related health concerns and reduce heat islands in Metro Boston. We need to hear from you! Take the Survey KEEPING METRO BOSTON COOL Extreme heat days, days over 90 […]

MAPC Launches “MetroCommon 2050: Shaping our Region Together”

By Elise Harmon | May 6, 2022

Flanked by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, MA-07, and scores of public officials and stakeholders from across Greater Boston this week, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) officially unveiled a land use and public policy blueprint designed to put the region on a course toward a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future.

Extreme Heat Impacts Workers. Climate Change is Making it Worse.

By Janessa Kirven | March 30, 2022

Climate change is producing more intense and frequent heat waves, and scientists project that Metro Boston will experience upwards of 40 days over 90 degrees by 2030. While everyone is impacted by extreme heat, some are more at risk of heat-related illnesses and death, including people who work outdoors, people whose workplaces don’t have air […]

New Tool: Massachusetts Food Systems Map

By Jessika Brenin | February 23, 2022

Are you wondering the extent to which food insecurity is experienced in your community? Or how easy or difficult it is to get nutritious food in different neighborhoods? Would you like to know if MBTA public transportation connects areas lacking nearby healthy and affordable food with food retailers? Are you conducting a Community Food Assessment […]

Access COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Card with “My Vax Records”

By Elise Harmon | January 10, 2022

Go to the Baker-Polito Administration’s press release for more information.

Resources for Cities and Towns Responding to Omicron

By Elise Harmon | January 5, 2022

COVID cases are surging, largely due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Fortunately, there are steps we can take immediately to keep people safe and out of the hospital. Throughout the winter of 2022, MAPC will share resources and expert information to assist municipal officials in responding to this new wave of infections.

Proof-of-vaccination requirement offers critical public health, economic benefits

By Kasia Hart | January 4, 2022

This comic by Lillian Lee encouraging vaccination is one of many free public health messaging artworks commissioned by MAPC and free to use. Learn more: Proof-of-vaccination requirement offers critical public health, economic benefits Last month, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu announced that patrons and employees of restaurants, gyms, and other indoor entertainment venues in Boston […]

COVID-19 Rapid Test Kits Available to Municipalities

By Elise Harmon | December 30, 2021

The Baker-Polito administration announced on Wednesday, December 29 that new contracts with COVID-19 at-home test manufacturers will allow municipalities and other eligible entities to order rapid test kits at state-negotiated prices. Eligible entities include: Cities, towns, districts, counties, and other political subdivisions Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, including all departments and elected offices therein Independent […]