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Program Initiatives and Resources

Boston REACH: Partners in Health and Housing year one intiatives include:
Smoke-Free Housing  |  Healthy Food and Beverages  |  Community Health Resources

For additional Health and Wellness services check out our resident services pages.

Smoke-Free Housing

Be sure that you also take a look at our page on Smoke-Free Housing at BHA and Smoke-Free living resources for available services and resources.

Boston REACH: Partners in Health and Housing visited Unity Days during the 2015 summer at many of BHA's public housing developments and asked residents why their houses are smoke free. Here is why:


Increasing the number of quality smoke-free environments means cleaner air and better health for everyone, including the most vulnerable – children, the elderly, and those with respiratory and cardiac conditions.  Year 1 initiatives include:

  • Improving the quality of existing smoke-free housing at BHA developments
  • Increasing access to smoke-free housing for Rental Assisted/Section 8 residents

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Healthy Food and Beverages

#TasteTheTap at the Old Colony Housing Development

What tastes better- bottled or tap water? The Boston Public Health Commission put Old Colony Housing Development's residents to the test. The results? Watch and see.

 

Drinking more water and avoiding sugary beverages and eating healthier food are important to maintaining overall health and can help with losing weight.  Partners in Health and Housing Year 1 initiatives include:

Increasing tap water consumption

Boston tap water is clean, tastes good, it's good for you and it's free! Boston tap water was voted best in the U.S. (2014) and comes from the beautiful Quabbin and Wachusett Reservoirs in central and western Massachusetts.  We will work with resident and youth leaders to increase tap water consumption in Year 1.   


Decreasing sugary beverage consumption

Research indicates that cutting back on sugary drinks can help you lose weight and reduce your blood pressure.  This summer, we will be encouraging residents to take the soda-free summer challenge to improve their health by reducing their soda intake.

Soda-Free Summer Challenge

Research indicates that cutting back on sugary drinks can help you lose weight and reduce your blood pressure.  This summer, we will be encouraging residents to take the soda-free summer challenge to improve their health by reducing their soda intake.   

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Community Health Resources

Boston is full of community health resources to help prevent and manage chronic conditions, such as obesity and tobacco-related illnesses.  BHA's REACH team will work to connect residents to existing resources in their community and identify need for additional resources. Our Year 1 initiatives include:

Increasing linkages to healthcare resources in the community  

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​BHA and Section 8 residents will be connected to supportive health and human services through HelpSteps, an online information and referral resource that caters to users' needs by location, language, services, nearest bus routes, and more.  Connecting residents to community-based resources for quitting smoking will be a main priority in Year 1.    


For additional Health and Wellness services check out our resident services pages.

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