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Boston University Hosts Public Health Symposium

On December 1, the Boston University School of Public Health held a symposium titled, "How Does Where You Live Affect Your Health?" The focus of the symposium was to explore the roles of the built environment and housing on one's health, and to evaluate the science behind studies and interventions that can improve the health of vulnerable populations not only within the United States but around the world. The event featured over a dozen experts and professionals within the field, each of whom had the chance to address the audience, presenting stories from the field as well as the findings of their studies.

Amongst those who spoke at the symposium were Ron Sims, the former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Shakira Suglia, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. I highlight these two speakers because their talks focused not only on the links between neighborhoods and public health, but also on the importance of social capital and community networks.Read more

Healthy Options in Lynn 6/4

Lynn Youth Health Alliance

Healthy Market Options

This is an initiative from the Lynn Food and Fitness Alliance that works with local convenient store owners to make healthy, affordable food and drinks available to customers.

Come learn about our Healthy Market Initiative, there will be free healthy food, raffles, and information Tables!Read more

Chelsea Focused Health Blogs

Jen Williams MPH

SCI is fortunate to have the contribution of many dedicated volunteers. We would like to take the time to highlight the notable service of one in particular, Jennifer Williams, and her series of health related blog posts. Jen has a Masters in Public Health and has generously donated her time and skill to help Chelsea and other SCI communities get healthy. Read more

Upcoming BACH Health Workshops

Join the Boston Alliance for Community Health in their upcoming health workshops. 

Upcoming event--

 

"LICSW and Director of the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, will lead a discussion on the intersection between mental health and substance use disorders, adolescents vulnerability, and signs and symptoms to watch out for. We will also be joined by Shannon Lundin, Community Health Worker, who will share her personal story with long-term recovery and discuss best practices for generating open communication with adolescents about substance use. Start 2016 off right—eliminate the stigma associated with mental health! FREE EVENT. DINNER PROVIDED." 

 

Hi resolution flyer with all events available for download below.

A Need for Low-Hanging Fruit

Food Deserts

In the fight against malnutrition and obesity, it is essential an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables be available in every community. Though access to these important dietary components is dangerously low in particular (especially poor) areas  of our country and we instead see a surplus of unhealthy fast-food taking place. Two terms have been coined in order to further qualify the issue: food desert and food swamp.      

A food desert is said to occur in neighborhoods with limited access to a variety of fresh produce. People in these communities tend to be impoverished and often lack a vehicle necessary to bring them to the supermarket. Similarly, a food swamp persists where the majority of accessible food is high-calorie, low nutrient and only available from fast-food joints and corner stores.Read more

Women's Health Workshop 10/22, Charlestown



Contact Olivia Larkin at olarkin@hria.org or 617-279-2240 ext 061 to RSVP or for more details.

A Grassroots Approach to Chelsea's Walk-to-School Initiative

The working group meeting in Chelsea to discuss walking to school initiatives

A new grassroots effort is underway to improve walk-to-school conditions for Chelsea youth. The initiative will be lead by The Community Health Leaders of Chelsea and assisted by Social Captital Inc., Healthy Chelsea, Walk Boston, The Neighborhood Developers  and Chelsea Public Schools. On September 30th a working group met to provide training to The Community Health Leaders of Chelsea.  

During the training, Walk Boston, Social Capital Inc., and Healthy Chelsea all spoke of ways in which The Community Health Leaders could start educating the public and gain a following. Healthy Chelsea spoke about the importance of overall community health, access to a variety of healthy food at corner stores and restaurants and bringing children into parks.

Walk Boston presented on the health benefits of walking and exercise and creative ways in which The Community Health Leaders can move their initiative forward.  Walk audits (canvassing of walking routes to assess safety conditions) were discussed as an option, as well as the responsibility parents, children, drivers and cyclists must take on while sharing roadways.Read more

Join the 2015 Social Capital Forum steering committee

Our 2015 Social Capital Forum will focus on the relationship between social capital and health. We are looking for committee members with a particular interest or expertise in this intersection who can offer input on potential speakers, panelists, and event logistics. The first meeting of this committee will take place on December 2nd, 2014 in Boston. If you would like to attend, please email Jordan Caress for more information.

"What Matters for Health" Game Exciting New Resource in Community Health

In an exciting development in community health initiatives, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, partnering with Emerson College’s Engagement Lab, is offering an interactive health game to help determine the needs of Boston communities.

 

“What Matters For Health,” which I played (and enjoyed), is basically an incentive-based survey about health: Answer a question, earn 10 coins. At the end of the game, you use your accumulated coinage to donate virtually to real-life organizations. The organization with the most virtual donations at the end of a challenge's two-week window receives an actual cash prize. Read more

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