Collaborative presents plan to build healthy neighborhoods in Pawtucket, Central Falls

More than 100 Rhode Island residents, including Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott, director of the Rhode Island Department of Health, First Gentleman Andy Moffitt, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, celebrated the launch of Pawtucket Central Falls Health Equity Zone’s Building Healthy Neighborhoods Action Plan at a press event at Veterans Memorial Garden Amphitheater in Pawtucket on the evening of June 14.

“This action plan is not going to collect dust on a shelf; it’s full of action that has champions committed to making sure these actions happen … and happen successfully,” Carrie Zaslow, program officer at Local Initiatives Support Corporation Rhode Island and manager of the Pawtucket Central Falls HEZ project, told PBN in a phone interview. This is one of 10 HEZs across the state, with multiyear funding – primarily from the Centers for Disease Control – that supports an “uber-local” approach to improving residents’ access to healthy food, housing and employment opportunities and health care.

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