Health Resources in Action (HRiA), founded in 1957, is a non-profit organization whose mission is to help people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy and research. HRiA works with community-based coalitions and governmental partners throughout New England and nationally, focusing on reducing health disparities.
Boston Healthy Homes and Schools Collaborative (BHHSC) is a program in HRiA’s Environmental Health Department. BHHSC conducts its work by focusing on health conditions directly related to environmental hazards – specifically asthma and lead poisoning. BHHSC’s membership includes community-based organizations, public agencies, businesses, community development corporations, and local residents.
To promote healthy homes, schools, and childcare centers in Boston, and enhance the well-being of individuals who learn, live, and work in them.
The broad vision is to reduce health disparities and promote the health and well-being of low-income and minority populations in Boston. Long-term impacts include:
- Housing promotes residents’ health in neighborhoods with the greatest health inequities
- Key city agencies incorporate environmental health standards/considerations into all of their policies and practices.
- All Boston schools and childcare centers’ policies and practices promote a healthy environment for learning, growth and development.
- Boston school and childcare center facilities maintain optimal environmental health conditions
- Community members and organizations demonstrate increased civic engagement and exercise individual and collective political power around environmental health and justice
- Public, private, and nonprofit entities demonstrate a commitment to environmental health through changes in their policies and practices.
- Boston’s health institutions and providers have the capacity to effectively prevent and manage health conditions related to environmental health and to prioritize them.
- The Collaborative has a strong, diverse and active membership that is viewed as a political force in Boston.
- The Collaborative will represent Boston as we lead and/or participate in collaborative work with partners throughout the state to effect policy changes and to share best practices.
- Local and national stakeholders recognize the Collaborative as a leader in promoting environmental health and justice, and adopt its best practices and resources.
- Connecting programs and organizations
- Being change agents in the community
- Educating our constituents
- Developing community leaders, including parents
- Building leadership and power among constituents
- Commitment to our communities
- Prioritizing work in neighborhoods with the greatest health inequities.
- Ensuring community participation, buy-in, leadership and support
- Having shared clarity of values, purpose, responsibility, commitment, and accountability.
- Demonstrating tangible and measurable results
- Ensuring cultural competency and broad representation from our communities in our work and structures.
- Social Justice
- Addressing social determinants of health
- Respecting and supporting each other
- Complementing each others’ roles/knowledge
- Sharing knowledge and learning from each other
- Sharing best practices and partnering as appropriate
- Honesty and Integrity