Dec 20, 2020

Conservation Matters: Fall 2020

This past year was one of the most challenging our country has faced in many of our lifetimes. Both the COVID-19 pandemic and the summer’s protests against police violence have forced deep, damaging inequities in our society out into the light of day. Now, as we start the new year, it’s up to all of us to ensure they not only stay there but that we actively work to redress them.

CLF Conservation Matters Fall 2020
Jul 21, 2020

A Participatory Action Research Field Guide from the Healthy Neighborhoods Study

This Field Guide describes how the partners in the Healthy Neighborhoods Study do research in 9 communities in Greater Metropolitan Boston. The project uses the Participatory Action Research (PAR) approach, which is grounded in the idea that the people who are most impacted by a problem are in the best position to understand and solve that problem. After years of research together, we wrote this guide for other communities interested in Participatory Action Research.

A Participatory Action Research Field Guide from the Healthy Neighborhoods Study
Jul 14, 2020

Communities of color hit hardest by heat waves

Like COVID-19, severe heat waves are not an “equal opportunity” health threat. The most disinvested neighborhoods — those dominated by buildings, pavement, and parking lots — are hit the hardest. The built environment of these places absorbs and traps heat, creating a “heat island effect” that makes them dangerously hotter than other neighborhoods while worsening their air quality.

Feb 12, 2020

Research from the Ground Up

CLF’s Healthy Neighborhoods Study is powered by resident researchers, who play a key role in designing and conducting the study and in sharing it with their neighbors. Cliff Bennett, JoAnn Diaz, and Mela Miles, part of the research team on the ground in Roxbury, discuss what the survey means for their community.

Healthy Neighborhood Study resident researchers.
Jan 13, 2020

Organizing for Healthy Housing

A shared understanding of the challenges created by gentrification help Lynn residents come together and fight for healthy housing.

Dec 16, 2019

What Does It Mean to Use Research for Action?

We know that where you live matters for your health. Our community partners understand this firsthand because they live it every day. This past summer, the communities that participated in our Healthy Neighborhoods Study – Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, New Bedford, Fall River, Brockton, Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan – turned that research data into action by sharing the results to make a difference where they live.

May 17, 2019

National Research Study Affirms Connections Between Health and Housing

New England has a housing crisis – and it’s impacting our health. These are the findings of the latest County Health Rankings, a project of the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The study found that housing affordability and quality are major influencers of health here in New England.

Playground at Chelsea Flats
Mar 12, 2019

Healthy Neighborhoods Study

Understanding how to build neighborhoods in a way that improves the health of residents is at the heart of the Healthy Neighborhoods Study.