Mass in Motion communities are challenged to make lasting policy, systems, and environmental changes to foster active, healthy communities. As designated technical assistance (TA) providers for Mass in Motion communities, MPHA staff has the opportunity to share their experience as facilitators, strategists, and priority-setters with individual communities. Recent projects have included work with Melrose-Wakefield Mass in Motion, Health Weymouth, and Revere on the Move. The work in Revere culminated in a retreat that involved the City of Revere’s new mayor, Brian Arrigo, and Chief of Staff Joe Gravellese as well as Sylvia Chiang, the new director of Revere CARES, an MGH community health center.
While sharing our facilitation skills and experience with individual communities to clarify their priorities, MPHA is able to continue learning firsthand about their work. Community-based organizations are essential for healthier, more equitable communities because they are the entities that advance local infrastructure and system changes.