Cambridge Arts for Health

Cambridge Arts for Health

MAPC’s Arts and Culture, Public Health, and Community Engagement teams released an Arts for Healthcall for art in partnership with the City of Cambridge’s Public Health Department.

The call seeks artists to develop creative engagement strategies to execute around Cambridge’s Community Health Improvement Plan.

The work should be centered around three topicsCommunity and Social Resilience, Healthy Eating and Active Living, and Mental Health.

Cambridge Arts for Health

MAPC’s Arts and Culture, Public Health, and Community Engagement teams will be releasing an Arts for Healthcall for art in partnership with the City of Cambridge’s Public Health Department.

The call seeks artists to develop creative engagement strategies to execute around Cambridge’s Community Health Improvement Plan.

The work should be centered around three topics

  • Community and Social Resilience
  • Healthy Eating and Active Living
  • Mental Health

Call for Artists: Notice of Grant Opportunity

MAPC and the Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) released the Call for Art on Tuesday, May 18, 2021.

The CPHD is seeking artists, designers, and creatives to propose creative, safe, accessible and culturally inclusive opportunities to engage residents around one or more of the CHIP priority areas - Mental Health, Healthy Eating and Active Living, and Community and Social Resilience – emphasizing racial and health equity, the CHIP’s cross-cutting theme.

Artists are invited to propose creative frameworks for community engagement around public health in the media of their choice. Projects should command attention and convey clear messages around the CHIP priorities in formats that are suitable for implementation during the COVID19 pandemic.

Key Dates:

  • May 25, 2021: Virtual Information Session at 3 p.m. Watch the recording here.
  • June 1, 2021: Question Submission Deadline at 5 p.m. Send your questions to artsforhealth@mapc.org.
  • June 3, 2021: Responses to all questions received via email and during info sessions posted online. Download them here.
  • June 8, 2021: Application deadline at 5 p.m. Please send all application materials in one email to artsforhealth@mapc.org with the lead applicant’s full name or team name in subject line of the email.
  • June 30, 2021: Awards will be announced on or before June 30 by 5 p.m.
  • September 1, 2021: Creative engagement begins
  • November 1, 2021: Creative engagement period ends

Current or former residents of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Massachusetts artists familiar with Cambridge are strongly encouraged to apply. The call is open to any resident of the United States of America aged 18 years or older. CPHD anticipates that grants amounts will range from $1,000 - $4,000 per grantee.

 

Virtual Information Session

MAPC staff and Cambridge Public Health Department hosted an information session on May 24, 2021. The team presented an overview of the call and offered time for questions.

Click here to read responses to Frequently Asked Questions.

Project Context

Being a healthy city is about more than delivering quality health care to residents.  Where you live, learn, work, and play all have an enormous impact on your health. 

The Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) continues work to better understand the health needs of the community and develop programs and policies to address these needs. 

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Being a healthy city is about more than delivering quality health care to residents.  Where you live, learn, work, and play all have an enormous impact on your health. 

The Cambridge Public Health Department (CPHD) continues work to better understand the health needs of the community and develop programs and policies to address these needs. 

In December 2019, the CPHD completed its most recent iteration of the Community Health Assessment. The assessment reflects the most current data available for Cambridge on overweight and obesity, substance abuse, chronic illness, access to health care, and many other health topics. The report also looks at social, economic, and environmental issues that impact health. To read the complete report, click here. 

The Community Health Implementation Plan (CHIP) addresses the most challenging public health issues facing Cambridge, as identified by the CHA. These priorities have been identified as: 

  • Mental health  
  • Community and Social Resilience 
  • Healthy eating and physical activity 

Each integrates a theme of health equity and racism and is receiving the attention of a dedicated working group.  

To learn more about the assessment and improvement plan, and to see how to get involved, please visit the Cambridge Public Health Department’s website. 

 

The 2021 Community Health Implementation Plan

The 2021 CHIP provides actionable goals, objectives, and strategies for making tangible progress in three health priority areas for the city 

MAPC

Over the five-year period of the CHIP, MAPC will be working with the City of Cambridge’s Public Health Department to support engagement with residents and organizations and assist with evaluation of CHIP implementation.