The Healthy Hill Initiative - A Western Massachusetts Healthcare Hero
Congratulations to the Way Finders' Community Building and Engagement team and their partners for being named a Business West western Massachusetts Healthcare Hero for their collaborative work within the Old Hill neighborhood of Springfield through the Healthy Hill Initiative.
The Healthy Hill Initiative is a large, very involved collaborative effort, with more than a dozen players. In addition to Way Finders, which took a lead role in the initiative, as did Partners for a Healthy Community, participating entities include Mercy Medical Center, Baystate Health, Revitalize CDC, the Old Hill Neighborhood Council, and six city departments, including Health and Human Services and the Police Department.
With an eye toward addressing health- and wellness-related issues in Old Hill, a host of local agencies and city departments came together behind a common vision. In many ways, Peter Gagliardi, president and CEO of Way Finders, was the catalyst by bringing attention to the direct correlation between housing and health and essentially inspiring a call for action.