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Healthy City Fall River
MA DEPT. OF
PUBLIC HEALTH LIAISONS
CENTER FOR HEALTHY COMMUNITIES LIAISONS
Partners for a Healthier Community
72 Bank Street, P.O. Box 1228
Fall River, MA 02720
Partners for a Healthier Community is Number 25 of the 27 CHNAs organized by
the Department of Public Health (DPH) across the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The goal of Partners is to establish a working partnership between DPH and area
residents to improve health status in the four communities of Fall
River, Somerset, Swansea and Westport.
Since its inception Partners has been a catalyst in bringing new healthcare and related resources to the Greater Fall River area.
The Well Women Project and the Medi-Call Programs were awarded to Fall
River with the support of Partners. In 1998, Partners was awarded a
grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to establish a "Master
Community Action Plan" (MCAP) for the community. Through the MCAP
process, Partners has engaged the community in a strategic planning
process to improve coordination of health services.
Partners for a Healthier Community has repeatedly and successfully mobilized community resources to address identified community health needs.
It is our vision to expand resources and services to better meet the needs
of all residents in the Greater Fall River area and ultimately build a healthier community.
The most recent example of that effort is embodied in the Healthy
City Fall River initiative, a nationally-recognized model of
community health promotion.
Building healthy communities is a shared responsibility. Partners for a
Healthier Community has mounted a combined effort involving all sectors of our communities - - community residents, health professionals,
government, business leaders, clergy, and schools - - to improve the health and quality of life for all residents of Fall River, Somerset,
Swansea, and Westport. Our effort mirrors similar projects in communities
across the nation and around the world - people coming together to work cooperatively to solve problems and improve the health and quality of life
for the entire community. A healthy community is one that is continually
creating and improving itself to ensure a healthy environment for all residents.
Partners has adopted the World Health
Organization's description of a healthy community:
- high levels of community participation in all aspects of community life;
- health care services which focus on prevention and staying healthy;
- a non-violent and safe community environment;
- plenty of affordable housing;
- employment and educational opportunities for all;
- accessible recreation opportunities;
- safe and healthy workplaces;
- accessible transportation systems;
- healthy and safe environment.
Partners is a not-for-profit corporation in Massachusetts
(Partnership for a Healthier Community, Inc.*) governed by
a 15-25 member Steering Committee elected bi-annually by the general membership at
its annual meeting held in Fall of each year (see By-Laws). Officers of the Steering
Committee are elected annually by members of the Steering Committee.
Other standing committees of Partners include a Nominating, Membership
and By-Laws Committee. Ad hoc committees are appointed as
The work of Partners is
performed in task forces or Work Groups designated by the Steering
Committee to focus on one area of concern
identified through a periodic needs assessment process. Membership on
the Work Groups is open to any person who has an interest in working on
these task forces.
Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc. receives funds for
Innovative Community Activities from the Massachusetts Department of
Public Health and linkage funds from Magnetic Resonance Imaging
agencies: Shields Healthcare, Southeastern Massachusetts MRI, Saint
Anne's Hospital, and
Southcoast Hospitals Group.
Partners also works collaboratively with its members to develop
grants that will bring in funds to support prevention and health
initiatives in the Greater Fall River Area. The Children
In Balance Project, the Healthy
Lives Program, and the Mass
In Motion Project are three examples of our
achievements in bringing in more than $750,000 to the community since
In 2003, Partners was funded by the Harvard-Pilgrim
Healthcare Foundation for the first year of operations for the Healthy
City Fall River initiative. This project is a collaborative effort
with the Mayor's Office of the City of Fall River to improve the overall
health and quality of life of those who live and work in the City using
the Healthy Cities model adopted by the World Health Organization.