Health Equity Zones

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Health equity zone initiative

Pawtucket Central Falls Health Equity Zone (HEZ)


Focus on adolescent and behavioral health while supporting culturally competent health services.

What we do

  • Engage residents around increasing access to healthy affordable food.
  • Connect residents to diabetes prevention and self-management programs.
  • Adopt nutrition guidelines where food is sold.
  • Support healthy housing.
  • Empower tenants and increase landlord accountability.
  • Build a community kitchen.
  • Improve transportation efficiency.
  • Create linkages to job training.
  • Support small and micro businesses.
  • Establish youth coalitions.
  • Facilitate positive relationships across diverse neighborhood populations.

HEZ Backbone Agency