Welcome to Voices for a Healthy Southcoast




Voices is partnering with The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) and has been conducted

Healthy Neighborhoods Equity Fund Study
Year 2

Measuring Community Health

Completing a new neighborhood development is just the beginning of the story. The true success of such targeted investment will come with the changes it brings to a community over time.

We have started and an working on completing 50 surveys for each community.

Neighborhoods – the places people live, work, play and grow, impact health. Development, or the things we build play a large role in that. Housing, parks, community spaces, retail and offices can be built with features that support healthy living. Clean and welcoming green spaces; well lit, safe and walk able streets; shops with healthy food are all examples of how development can support good health.

 CLF is supporting development projects to build healthier communities. In 20flyer16, they took the first step in launching a 10 year project.  We are in year 2. We are partnering with residents to better understand how new development projects in their neighborhoods impact residents and their health.

Click on each board to see the results…

Fall River board

New Bedford board

What is a Complete Street?

A Complete Street is one that provides safe and accessible options for all travel modes – walking, biking, transit and vehicles – for people of all ages and abilities.

Designing streets with these principles contributes toward the safety, health, economic viability and quality of life in a community by improving the pedestrian and vehicular environments. Providing safer, more accessible and comfortable means of travel between home, school, work, recreation and retail destinations helps promote more livable communities.

As designers, planners, public officials and advocates, we have a responsibility to promote and improve public health, reduce traffic congestion, make places safer and more livable, and reduce environmental impacts.

What is MassDOT doing to promote Complete Streets?

MassDOT is committed to the Complete Streets principles in policy and in practice. Read more on this website to learn about our efforts to promote Complete Streets throughout the Commonwealth through training, design guidance and funding.


Voices for a Healthy Southcoast seeks planning board help

Encouraging people to quit smoking, the Fall River City Council the Westport Board  and  Barnstable boardof Health passed a ban of sale of tobacco products in pharmacies.  Future plans will be to sign on other Southcoast communities. This policy received National attention for the Y USA and CDC.

 Voices for a Healthy SouthCoast awarded more than $1 million to help create healthier communities in Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham  

Southcoast Hospital CEO Keith Hovan,State Representative, Christopher Markey, Bob Colette,YMCA Southcoast Vice President of Operations Nancy Bonell, Steven A. Beauregard Executive Director of New Bedford Housing Authority, State Representative Antone Cabral, Melissa Gonzalez, Gary Schuyler – CEO YMCA Southcoast and Dr. David Weed Healthy City Fall River.

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