The Lexington Healthy Communities Project
Help us with our ABC's -- Assessing and Building Community Together!
About the Project
The Lexington Healthy Communities Project has engagee members of the Lexington community in a planning process to identify ways to improve health and quality of life in Lexington. This grant funded Project was coordinated by a committee of stakeholders and lasted eighteen months, ending in September 2013. Throughout the project the community was asked the following questions:
- What do you like about Lexington? What aspects of the community influence your health or quality of life in a positive way.
- What could be done to improve health and quality of life in Lexington?
The Town is now applying for a second phase of funding from CHNA 15 to implement the priorities identified.
What is a Healthy Community?
A Healthy Community is a community that has a strong infrastructure conducive to health. Health includes a wide variety of factors including physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
There are many aspects of community that contribute to health, including culture, environment, economics, housing and food supply. A Healthy Community strives to be healthier in all aspects.
Data Collection, Results and Next Steps
Data on health issues was collected through a community survey, focus groups, and a community art project. A report identified the following top priorities: transportation, community connectivity, Lexington Center, recreation & nutrition, and mental health. Project planning meetings during the summer of 2013 provided information for a proposal to qualify for a second round of funding. Phase II of the project would support improving resources that promote physical, mental, and spiritual well-being and connecting community members with these resources.
For More Information Contact:
Megan Baldwin, MS, RS
Project Coordinator, Lexington Healthy Communities Project
Office of Community Development, Health Division
This Healthy Communities Planning Grant is funded through the Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 Determination of Needs funds from Lahey Clinic. For more information on CHNA 15 please visit: http://www.chna15.org/