Boston Alliance for Community Health

Initiatives and Activities

"When you add us all up, BACH's membership is in the thousands. Some of us are from the neighborhood and some of us are from an organization. We may not always agree on everything, but in the end, we all want the same thing: safe and healthy communities."


Joining the GARE Network: Boston’s Pledge to Advance Racial Equity

By Alex Brantl, BACH 2017 Summer Intern from Hamilton College   In 2016 the city of Boston became a participating jurisdiction of the Government Alliance on Racial Equity (GARE) network, joining the growing number of local and regional government jurisdictions across the country. This was announced by Mayor Walsh, shortly after the Racial Justice and […]

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Boston’s Action in the Fight Against Maternal Depression

By Taylor Foley, BACH 2017 Summer Intern from University of Massachusetts, Amherst   Did you know that maternal depression affects approximately 12 million women per year in the United States alone? The National Institute of Mental Health and the US Department of Health and Human services found that out of those 12 million women, the […]

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How Boston Schools Can Address Childhood Trauma

By Jessica Plante, BACH 2017 Summer Intern from Boston University School of Public Health   At the beginning of May, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey launched a new initiative that will bring opioid prevention programming to 25 school districts. Called Project Here, the new initiative is funded by GE Foundation and the Attorney Generals’ Office, […]

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Massachusetts Department of Public Health Opportunity

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health is looking for individuals/organizations interested in participating on one or two different committees: the Determination of Need’s Community Health Initiative (CHI) Statewide Initiative Advisory Committee and/or the CHI Healthy Aging Fund Advisory Committee. One is for funds that go into a pool of money and can be used for health […]

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Interviews with League Cycling Instructors

Michelle Cook, Farah Wong and Vivian Ortiz are League Cycling Instructors (LCI) who live and bike in Boston. Both Farah and Vivian work on the Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! Project and serve as a Healthy Community Champion (HCCs) and HCC coordinator in Allston-Brighton and Mattapan. Michelle Cook is the founder of Roxbury Rides and is a resident […]

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Healthy Community Leadership Awardee honored at Celtics game with Heroes Among Us award!

Edwin Slater Jr. (EJ) was recognized at BACH’s Annual Meeting in December 2016 with our Healthy Community Leadership Award, given to five Boston residents who are either immigrants, persons of color, or from another underrepresented group and have taken on leadership roles in their communities and demonstrated a commitment to improving community health and addressing racial […]

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Guide for Public Health Actions for Immigrant Rights

Public Health Awakened is a group of public health professionals organizing for health, equity, and justice. They work with social justice movements on strategic and collective action to resist the threats faced by communities of color and low-income communities and to create a world in which everyone can thrive. Included in the work of Public […]

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Spotlight: Healthy Community Leadership Awardees

We awarded our 2016 Healthy Community Leadership Awards (HCLA) to five amazing Bostonians: EJ Slater, Lisa Melara, Raheem Baraka, Edna de Paula and Michelle Cook. The HCLA is given to individuals who are either immigrants, persons of color, or from an underrepresented group and have been leaders in improving the health of our Boston community […]

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Criminal Justice Reform is a Public Health Issue

BACH has committed to supporting and promoting the Jobs NOT Jail Coalition, whose goal is to redirect costly prison spending towards jobs, training and support for Massachusetts’ lowest income communities. So why is a community health alliance supporting a criminal justice reform campaign? The answer is simple: because it is an important way to move […]

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HCCs Bring New Enthusiasm to the Fairmount Greenway Efforts

The idea to create a Fairmount Greenway first emerged in 2008 and the Fairmount Greenway Task Force (FGTF) has been working on the project since then. The Fairmount Greenway Concept Plan was written by a Crosby, Schlessinger, Smallridge, local landscape architecture firm, in 2011 after the FGTF engaged 400 residents in the planning process.  The […]

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