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Smoke Free Rules for Multi unit Dwellings March 26 2014
Published on Mar 27, 2014
Surveys conducted by the Public Health Advocacy Institute (PHAI) at the Northeastern University School of Law show a high demand for smoke-free policies among residents. PHAI is working with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to encourage the voluntary implementation of building-wide smoke free rules in multiunit dwellings. Jack Shipley of the SouthCoast Healthy Housing and Workplace Initiative (SCHHWI) invited Attorney Christopher Banthin to speak to local landlords and property managers at a forum held on March 26, 2017 in the Fall River Government Center Hearing Room. The presentation was part of a two-year SCHHW initiative of Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast that was announced in September, 2012, following the receipt of a$1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop smoke-free housing and worksites in Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham. For more information, go to www.SCHHWI.org.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced on January 27, 2014 that a community-based partnership led by the City of New Bedford Health Department, the Southeastern Health Initiative for Transformation (SHIFT) Program, in collaboration with the City of Fall River, has been selected by the Patrick Administration to receive grant funding and participate in an innovative health and wellness initiative. The Administration announced more than $40 million in grants that will be shared by nine partnerships across the state to help fight chronic illness and improve health outcomes on the community level while reducing health care costs. Funded partnerships will work to reduce rates of the most prevalent and preventable health conditions, advance healthy behaviors, increase the adoption of workplace wellness or health management programs and address disparities.
Mass in Motion, Voices for a Healthy Southcoast and the City of New Bedford will be thrilled to launch our Healthy Markets Initiative. Giammalvo’s Market has made a commitment to helping the community and their costumers make healthier decisions. Since joining the Healthy Markets Initiative they have made many placement changes in their store including adding healthy options displays near the checkout counter. With the addition of the healthy options labels, they have helped costumers easily find healthy options throughout the store.
The Greater Fall River Fitness Challenge 2014 Kick-off Day
Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast, led by YMCA Southcoast and Southcoast Health System, was awarded a grant to implement the SouthCoast Healthy Housing and Workplace Initiative in Fall River, New Bedford and Wareham. The grant is a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Community Transformation Grants to support public health efforts to reduce chronic diseases, promote healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control health care spending in small communities.
Through the grant, SCHHWI will tackle some of the biggest health challenges in this region — heart and lung disease, along with other smoking-related illnesses. SCHHWI will build community leadership and work with housing authorities, landlords and employers to eliminate tobacco exposure in multi-unit housing — especially public housing — and on the campuses of mental health and addiction treatment facilities as well as other workplace campuses. Additionally, citizens will also receive education andprograms focusing on “HEAL” — Healthy Eating and Active Living.
This project focuses on reducing regional health disparities by targeting health problems that disproportionately affect low-income residents and by creating a pipeline of community health workers to focus on populations with the greatest disease burden. YMCA SOUTHCOAST is serving as the fiscal agent for this grant.