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MAPC Partners with Tufts University on Food Access Mapping

May 25, 2016 – 4:36 pm |

Staff from MAPC’s Public Health and Data Services departments partnered with students from Tufts University this spring to analyze access to healthy food across Massachusetts. Food access is a fundamental element to healthy neighborhoods. Many people …

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Staying (stair)well

April 17, 2015 – 2:39 pm |

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 …

Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

February 17, 2015 – 11:24 am |
Making Neighborhoods Healthier: MAPC’s Model HIA Report

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 …

MAPC Communities Shine in Best Complete Streets Policies of 2014

February 11, 2015 – 2:53 pm |

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 …

$50 Million for Active Streets Certification Program in House’s Transportation Bond Bill

January 31, 2014 – 4:12 pm |

This week, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed its version of the Transportation Bond Bill and included $50 million for the Active Streets Certification Program!
MAPC has been working continuously with our partners at MPHA, T4MA, …

Investing in Healthy Neighborhoods: The Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund

December 2, 2013 – 5:24 pm |
Not only did this HIA make explicit connections between community development/TOD and health and help develop the health metrics of the HNEF, but it has also given the entire MAPC a greater awareness of how neighborhood health is affected by any plan or policy.

The way we design neighborhoods can help ­– or hurt – our health. The location of our homes and businesses, the quality of sidewalks and streets, community programs and public safety – all can influence …

Boston Green Map: Find Your Space!

July 11, 2013 – 3:48 pm |

This Sunday, July 14 we’re launching our Boston Green Map website & app at Circle the City on Avenue of the Arts. Will you join us??

Boston Green Map is a web application that allows users to locate …

MAPC grants help communities create safe walking routes to school, smoke-free housing

March 4, 2013 – 1:50 pm |
MAPC grants help communities create safe walking routes to school, smoke-free housing

In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), MAPC awarded wellness “mini-grants” to municipalities within Middlesex County that do not currently receive Mass in Motion funding from MDPH.
These grants will go towards projects …

Aqueduct trails now open to the public!

October 22, 2012 – 2:10 pm |
weston aqueduct sign

Nature lovers, walkers, bird watchers, and cyclists should rejoice today–the first piece of more than 40 miles of inactive Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) aqueduct trails were opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Weston Aqueduct in …

Helmets vs. physical activity: A public health Catch-22

October 17, 2012 – 3:12 pm |
Helmets vs. physical activity: A public health Catch-22

Will encouraging helmet use simultaneously discourage people from riding their bikes in the city? Two public health concerns – obesity and accident prevention – run the risk of being at odds with each other when it …

Project PhotoVoice @ MAPC

September 11, 2012 – 4:10 pm |
Project PhotoVoice @ MAPC

A few weeks ago, Somerville teenagers got the chance to make their voices heard through the art of photography, documenting scenes ranging from a crumbling “Brick Wall to Nothing” to the “First Breath” of a …