Packed “Healthy by Design” Event Educates, Celebrates, and Inspires Action!

On Wednesday afternoon October 9th, MPHA and our partners were proud to host “Healthy By Design: Planning and Development for Vibrant Communities” – a packed-to-the gills event at the State House where we honored 11 innovative Massachusetts communities, learned about healthy community design from Mark Fenton, and called for passage of Active Streets and Zoning Reform legislation.

Mark Fenton educates and inspires the crowd.

MPHA’s Maddie Ribble welcomes the packed house

We thank Partners HealthCare for sponsoring the event and for their ongoing support and partnership to promote public health.

Click here to see all the photos of the event.  Click here to read the program book, which includes highlights from each awardee community. 

If you missed it, here are a few highlights:

  • Nearly 200 guests attended, overflowing the room.
  • More than two dozen Representatives and Senators attended.  We thank Senate President Murray, Senate Majority Leader Stan Rosenberg, and House Majority Leader Ron Mariano, as well as Senators Chandler, Eldridge, Wolf, Flanagan, Hedlund, Kennedy, Lovely, Petruccelli, and Welch and Representatives Kulik, Lewis, Bradley, Calter, Chan, deMacedo, DiNatale, Ehrlich, Fox, Keenan, Kocot, Reinstein, Sannicandro, Schmid, Swan, Turner, Vega, and Chris Walsh.
  • Dozens of municipal officials, including mayors, town managers, and selectboard members were on hand to be honored in recognition of their communities’ exceptional progress towards improving the built environment to better the health of all residents.

Mayor Dan Rizzo accepts an award on behalf of the City of Revere. Senator Anthony Petruccelli and Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein were on hand to present the award, as well as numerous municipal and community partners.

  • With great energy, facts and humor, our keynote speaker Mark Fenton delivered a dynamic and informative presentation designed to inspire action. Click here to see Mark’s presentation slides.
  • Senate President Therese Murray provided insightful remarks about progress in her hometown of Plymouth and the importance of healthy design across the Commonwealth.

We had great media coverage, including print coverage of the awards presented to Barnstable (here and here), Natick,  Quincy and Plymouth, Plymouth again, RevereSalem, Shutesbury here and here, as well as this great clip on Springfield’s Channel 22:


Channel 22 News covers Springfield’s award and progress in healthy community design, including interviews with MPHA Board member Jessica Collins and MPHA Policy Committee member Catherine Ratte.

Thank you to our legislative event sponsors Rep. Stephen KulikSen. Harriette ChandlerRep. Jason LewisSen. James Eldridge, and Senator Dan Wolf.

Thank you to our partners Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs and the Act FRESH Campaign for their tremendous partnership and being dedicated advocates for advancing public health around the commonwealth.

Please join us in supporting healthier communities from the grassroots to the State House – together we will build a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant Massachusetts!

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