The Healthy Neighborhoods Study is a multi-year, participatory action study being done in partnership with 45 local residents and nine community organizations leading work on the frontlines for environmental justice, housing justice, equitable development, and community health. HNS uses PAR as a way to do research with and for communities that emphasizes participation and action. Together, our research network has collects on-the-ground data with nearly 1,000 local residents every year to determine what matters most for health in their communities.
Currently, 9 communities make up HNS alongside the Community Law Foundation, graduate students, high school students, seniors, and merchants.
We have been part of the HNS since 2015, representing the community of Dorchester. Carl is a resident researcher who connected to HNS through the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation.
We have brought our perspectives and expertise from working with elders and food security through RTB, to inform the Study. As part of HNS, we participated in a program on hacking discrimination at MIT in 2017 where we worked to develop key survey topics, a key component of HNS. We continue to help develop and carry out the survey each year.
Make sure to check out our Participatory Action Research Field Guide from the Healthy Neighborhoods Study!