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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.

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DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville

By Rachel Marx | March 3, 2021

Photo Credit: Atais Ribeiro, Keep Cool Somerville Photovoice Participant DLTA Spotlight: Keep Cool Somerville 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 technical staff to work on projects related to […]

Grant Opportunity for Artists: Creative COVID-19 Communications

By Elise Harmon | February 10, 2021

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. Artists at all […]

Webinar: Pool Testing for COVID-19

By Elise Harmon | December 16, 2020

“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 […]

Transportation Planning with a Health Lens

By Elise Harmon | December 14, 2020

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 […]

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

By Elise Harmon | December 10, 2020

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 […]

Webinar: Wastewater Testing for COVID-19

By Elise Harmon | December 9, 2020

Cities and towns are deploying a number of strategies to identify the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. One emerging method: testing sewage from households and buildings for the presence of the virus. Knowing that COVID-19 is present in wastewater can be an important indicator of where its spread may be accelerating. In places where […]

Local Public Health Officials, Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding

By Elise Harmon | December 2, 2020

138 Local Public Health Officials & Municipal Leaders Call for Emergency Funding for Local Health Departments Over 100 public health officials and municipal leaders from throughout Massachusetts are calling for a second $15 million package of emergency funding for local health departments before the end of 2020. On November 23, 138 officials from 87 communities […]

37 Mayors and Managers: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding

By Elise Harmon | December 1, 2020

37 Mayors and Managers to Federal Officials: Extend Deadline to Spend CARES Funding Thirty-seven Massachusetts municipal leaders are asking the Massachusetts federal delegation to extend the deadline to spend CARES Act funding beyond the end of the calendar year. “The December 31st deadline creates an arbitrary end date by which we must spend this critical […]

The Crisis Continues: The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap October Update

By Elise Harmon | October 5, 2020

We estimate that 45,000 renter households and 35,000 owner households with a worker on standard unemployment assistance will have trouble covering their housing costs and basic needs this month. The rent gap for these households could exceed $40 million in October alone. We also know that tens of thousands of other households are also in […]

New Analysis: How Much COVID-Related Housing Assistance Will MA Municipalities Need?

By Elise Harmon | August 25, 2020

New Data | The COVID-19 Layoff Housing Gap How Much COVID-Related Housing Assistance Will MA Municipalities Need? Published: August 25, 2020 Where in Massachusetts will residents need housing assistance once the state’s eviction moratorium ends? Everywhere, shows a new MAPC analysis of unemployment and housing data.   454,954 people across the state are collecting unemployment benefits […]