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Resources for Healthy Communities

Quality of local food systems, recreational opportunities, bicycle and pedestrian amenities, “green” homes, and traditional neighborhood design are just some of the things that contribute positively to public health in a community.

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Rhode Island Community Profiles: Health

ProvPlan collects and packages data on a variety of topics for every city and town in Rhode Island.  Visit this page for information on maternal and child health; lead and asthma; and access to health services.

 
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Active Living Research

Founded in 2001, Active Living Research is at the forefront of building evidence about how to create communities that are great for physical activity. Communities designed for activity are better for health, economic vitality, and environmental sustainability.

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RI Food System Snapshot: Jamestown

The RI Food Policy Council has analyzed the food system across the state.  How easy is it to get fresh produce in Jamestown?

 
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Healthy Community Design: CDC

The physical design of your community affects your health every time you step out your front door. Sometimes making healthy choices is not easy—being physically active is hard if you do not have access to sidewalks or parks, and eating right is hard if healthy foods are not available. This site offers resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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RI Health Equity Zones

Health Equity Zones are geographic areas designed to achieve health equity by eliminating disparities in health based on where people live. While Jamestown is not part of a Healthy Equity Zone, these projects are an example of how communities can plan for a healthy future.

 
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Plan4Health: APA

Plan4Health, an initiative of the American Planning Association, connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Coalitions work with communities to increase access to healthy food or increase opportunities for active living where residents live, work, and play.