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The Bristol Health Equity Zone (HEZ), a Bristol Parks and Recreation Initiative

What’s Happening Right Now?

The Bristol Health Equity Zone is now winding up Year 2 initiatives and activities, with a Year 3 start on April 1st. It’s been an exciting year of implementing new initiatives and strategies throughout the community including: 

• Food on the Move… Bi-weekly fresh fruit/vegetable markets
• Monthly Cooking Demonstrations/Food tastings
• Expanded physical activity programming for all demographics at the Quinta Gamelin Community Center
• Walk and Bike Surveys/Audits of the community
• Complete Streets educational forums
• Your Life Your Voice campaign at Mt. Hope High School
• Mental Health Services/Engagement Navigator at Mt. Hope High School
• Diabetes Prevention Programming at the Benjamin Church Senior Center
• Addiction Support Awareness and Services in the community

As we approach the end of Year 2, and in anticipation of the start of Year 3, we’d like to inform the community of the available positions for Year 3.  Please click HERE for a complete listing and associated job descriptions.  If interested in getting more information and applying for a position, please contact Emily Pearce-Spence or Craig Pereira here: Bristolhealthequity@gmail.com

What is the Bristol Health Equity Zone (HEZ) Project?

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The Bristol HEZ Project is a community-wide effort funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health to create innovative approaches that can reduce and manage chronic diseases, promote healthy lifestyles, assure healthy child development, and create environments where healthy choices are easier to make. Bristol HEZ brings together existing organizations, stakeholders, and partners that focus on the health and well-being of the community into a formal, sustainable collaborative. Bristol is fortunate to have the resources of numerous social services and community-based organizations. Currently, these groups are working independently in the areas of public education, social services, recreation, and nutrition without a combined strategy. Bristol HEZ brings them under one umbrella to accomplish more in the area of public health. The Bristol HEZ Collaborative works together to identify the health risks and needs of the Town and moves forward common objectives around health-promoting programs, services, and community design.

The Bristol Health Equity Zone is dedicated to fostering a community where all residents have equal access to opportunities that promote health and wellness.


The Bristol Health Equity Zone, supported through Bristol Parks and Recreation Department, is a catalyst for partnerships amongst the Town and its residents, business owners and social service agencies who share the common goal of working towards the promotion of equal access to healthy lifestyles throughout all stages of life, the reduction and management of health challenges, and a sustainable environment where healthy choices are commonplace.

This project was supported by the grant or cooperative agreement number DP005511, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC, HEALTH, or Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).