Health Equity Zone

Building Healthy Neighborhoods

The Health Equity Zone (HEZ) project is a four-year place based initiative funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control. Our health is determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities; the safety of our neighborhoods and housing; our ability to access healthy food and equitable healthcare. The goal of the HEZ is to reduce health disparities for the residents of Central Falls and Pawtucket.

Strategies

Below is a list of our Strategies:

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Access to Healthcare
  • Prevent diabetes in high risk individuals.
  • To enhance health services, health promotion and prevention programs for adolescents in public schools.
  • Assess availability and dissemination of information about culturally competent and culturally tailored health services.
  • Expand HIV & HCV screening in clinical and behavioral health settings.
  • Access to Behavioral Health Services in Primary Care settings.
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Access to Healthy Foods
  • To effectively demonstrate the need for, and acceptability of creating more opportunities for residents to grow food in Central Falls and Pawtucket.
  • To address the immediate need for increased access to affordable, high-quality fruit and vegetables in Pawtucket and Central Falls, by ensuring that all residents, regardless of status or ability to pay, have access to healthful food.
  • Promote and increase adoption of nutrition guidelines in publicly accessible locations where food is being sold.
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Developed an Action Plan
    In June 2016 the Pawtucket/Central Falls Health Equity Zone Action Plan was launched at an event attended by our HEZ collaborative, valued community partners and residents. This action plan lays out a broadly supported and realistic strategy for improved health outcomes; identifies specific and achievable activities; specifies the necessary partners and resources; establishes lead actors for each actionable activity, sets time lines and milestones, and incorporates an accountability structure to keep the process moving forward. The plan includes a social marketing strategy to ensure that residents in the HEZ are aware of healthy choices and interventions. Follow the link below to view the action plan!

Action plan

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Housing and Homelessness
  • Increase support for homeless prevention and homeless services.
  • Increase support for homeownership and healthy homes.
  • Tenant Empowerment & Healthy Housing.
  • Strengthen landlord accountability
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Jobs & Income
  • To increase opportunities for employment with a ladder of success.
  • To increase opportunities for small and micro businesses.
  • Build a community kitchen.
  • Improve transportation linkages to jobs, job training and other opportunities.
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Quality of Life
  • Increase access to clean, safe streets, sidewalks and bike paths for Central Falls and Pawtucket residents.
  • To increase busing services or other transportation services to Central Falls and Pawtucket.
  • Promote beautification of activity hubs in the Health Equity Zone.
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Youth and Elderly Engagement
  • Facilitate positive relationships between the youth and elderly populations in Central Falls and Pawtucket.
  • Establish a youth coalition that engages both the Mayor’s Youth Council of Central Falls and the Pawtucket Boys and Girls Club.
  • Research resources and obtain private funding that are focused on alternative means of transportation that directly benefit the elderly and youth populations in Central Falls and Pawtucket.
  • Establish a Task Force to research program overlaps that focus on youth, ages 14-18.

About Us

Vision Statement

Central Falls and Pawtucket will be thriving cities, where all residents have full and equitable access to safe streets, parks, recreational areas, affordable housing and healthy food. High- quality education is provided to both children and adults and all residents are connected to high- quality preventative, medical, and behavioral health care services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate

Background

The Health Equity Zone (HEZ) project is a four-year place based initiative funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control. Our health is determined in part by access to social and economic opportunities; the safety of our neighborhoods and housing; our ability to access healthy food and equitable healthcare. The goal of the HEZ is to reduce health disparities for the residents of Central Falls and Pawtucket.

What makes the HEZ project special is the focus on collaboration and community involvement. While LISC Rhode Island has been selected as the backbone, coordinating agency, we will be working with a collaborative comprised of varied organizations from Central Falls and Pawtucket and around Rhode Island. The collaborative consists of organizations that are experts in developing health programs, conducting research and implementing baseline health assessments. It also includes organizations that have demonstrated the ability to facilitate comprehensive community engagement and build on the specific strengths and resiliencies of these communities.

Experience

Where We’ve Been… Where We’re Going!

Year Two of the Health Equity Zone work will encompass:

Expanding and Strengthening
The Health Equity Zone initiative has formalized the Collaborative with member approved By-Laws and creation of a 12-member Steering Committee comprised of collaborative members and Pawtucket/Central Falls residents. To learn more click By-Laws.
Continuous Process Evaluation
The collaborative will plan and conduct regular process evaluation activities as a means for assuring the collaborative process is achieving the intended results through the intended methods. The process evaluation will also provide feedback on whether mid-course changes need to take place.

This project will intentionally and strategically integrate, coordinate, and leverage the talent and resources within the HEZ. It will help communities define the best ways to improve health by affecting social and environmental determinants of public health including public health policy, affordable housing, and health and nutrition education, access to health care, mental health services job readiness training, reliable public transportation, quality public services such as parks and libraries, quality life-long education, affordable quality child care, and access to affordable fresh foods.

HEZ Collaborative

Collaborative Partner List

Below is a list of our collaborative partners:

Rhode Island Public Health Institute

American Heart Association
7272 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, TX 75231
1-800-AHA-USA-1 | 1-800-242-8721 | 1-888-474-VIVE
www.heart.org

Blackstone Valley Community Health Center

Blackstone Community Health Team
210 Main St, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401-602-4049 | www.blackstonechc.org

Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center

Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
259 Central St, Central Falls, RI 02863
1-401-723-3057 | www.bvadvocacycenter.org

Blackstone Valley Community Action Program

Blackstone Valley Community Action Program
32 Goff Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401-723-4520 | www.bvcap.org

Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket

Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket
1 Moeller Pl, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401-772-8840 | www.bgcpawt.org

Central Falls Housing Authority

Central Falls Housing Authority
30 Washington St, Central Falls, RI 02863
1-401-727-9090 | www.cfhousing.org

Central Falls School Department

Central Falls School Department
949 Dexter Street, Central Falls, RI 02863
1-401-727-7700 | www.cfschools.net

Childhood Lead Action Project

Childhood Lead Action Project
1192 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02909
1-401-785-1310 | www.leadsafekids.org

City of Central Falls

City of Central Falls
580 Broad Street Central Falls, RI 02863
1-401-616-2425 | www.centralfallsri.us

City of Pawtucket

City of Pawtucket
137 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401-728-0500 | www.pawtucketri.com

The Empowerment Factory

The Empowerment Factory
999 Main Street #707, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401-365-1010 | www.theempowermentfactory.org

Fuerza Laboral

Fuerza Laboral
27 Clay St, Central Falls RI, 02863
1-401-725-2700 | www.fuerza-laboral.org

Institute for Community Health Promotions

Institute for Community Health Promotions
121 South Main St., 8th Floor, Providence, RI 02912
1-401-863-6550 | www.brown.edu

LISC - RI

LISC – RI
146 Clifford Street, Providence RI 02903
1-401-331-0131 | www.rilisc.org

Memorial Hospital

Memorial Hospital
111 Brewster St, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401-729-2530 | www.mhri.org

Nursing Placement, Home Health and Hospice

Nursing Placement, Home Health and Hospice
334 East Ave #2, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401-862-0155 | www.nursingplacement.com

Institute for Community Health Promotions

Pawtucket Central Falls Development Corporation
204 Broad St, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401-726-1173 | www.pawtucketcdc.org

Pawtucket Housing Authority

Pawtucket Housing Authority
214 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401- 725-9113 | www.pawthousing.org

Pawtucket School Department (COZ)

Pawtucket School Department (COZ)
286 Main St, Pawtucket, RI
1-401-729-6293 | www.pawtucket1.schooldesk.net

Progreso Latino

Progreso Latino
626 Broad St, Central Falls, RI 02888
1-401-728-5920 | www.progresolatino.org

RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence

RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
422 Post Rd # 102, Warwick, RI 02888
1-401-467-9940 | www.ricadv.org

Rhode Island Parent Information Network

Rhode Island Parent Information Network
1210 Pontiac Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island 02920
1-401-270-0101 | www.ripinr.org

Southside Community Land Trust

Southside Community Land Trust
127 Clay St, Central Falls RI, 02863
1-401-725-2700 | www.southsideclt.org

YMCA of Pawtucket

YMCA of Pawtucket
20 Summer St, Pawtucket, RI 02860
1-401-727-7901 | www.goymca.com

Women and Infant Health Care Alliance

Women and Infant Health Care Alliance
101 Dudley Street, Providence, RI 02903
1-401-258-9272 | www.womenandinfants.org/alliance

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