In partnership with Healthy Babies Bright Futures, we are working with cities to improve children’s health and reduce health disparities, specifically those that decrease neurotoxic exposures.
City leaders can dramatically impact children’s health, in particular children of color, who are most adversely impacted by these environmental harms. By addressing the social and physical determinants of health through access to healthy foods, lead abatement, and more, city leaders can play a major role in addressing these disparities.
Kinder initiated local interest in the grant after learning of it at the Mayors Innovation Project summer meeting in Scranton, where she was a panelist for a discussion of rental housing and tenant protections. After meeting Kyra Naumoff Shields, director of the grant program, there, Kinder worked with Roberson when she returned to Meadville to pursue the grant.
By Katya Spear | Managing Director ∙ Mayors Innovation Project From educational campaigns, to access to water and soil testing kits, to procurement policies and lead pipe replacement programs, there are many impactful steps city leaders can …
City parks are a public asset that deliver co-benefits in public health and climate change mitigation. Ensuring their safety, accessibility, and sustained funding is critical work.
The Mayors Innovation Project, in partnership with Healthy Babies Bright Futures, provided grants to cities across the country to work toward better health outcomes for children. We are excited to share the story of one of our grant recipients, Middleton, WI.
This week, we are highlighting the third workshop in a four-part series on lead remediation from our partner, Healthy Babies Bright Futures.
Mayors Innovation Project & Healthy Babies Bright Futures. Bringing Healthy Food & Prenatal Services to Families in Champaign, IL.
To build a brighter future for babies—in part by combating high rates of obesity, food insecurity, and childhood poverty—the City of Champaign and Champaign Township partnered with Champaign-Urbana City Farms (CU City Farms) to create a Mobile Food Market. Since its launch in September 2020, the Mobile Food Market distributed more than 5,000 pounds of organic, locally grown produce, organic baby food, diapers and formula—free of charge—to more than 1,000 community members.Document
Mayors Innovation Project & Healthy Babies Bright Futures. How Lynn, MA Expanded a Farmers Market to Support Vulnerable Residents.
Residents and community leaders in Lynn, MA worked together to address food insecurity by bolstering the Central Square Farmers Market and associated services to improve the health of pregnant women and young children. The City of Lynn, 10 miles north of Boston, is known for its contemporary public art, international population, historic homes, and public parks and open spaces. Relatively old housing stock, however, makes Lynn prone to lead paint hazards.Document
Mayors Innovation Project & Healthy Babies Bright Futures. How Salem, MA Launched a “Food Farm” to Provide Thousands of Pounds of Organically Grown Food to Local Families.
In 2019, the Mack Park Food Farm, a municipal farm and food forest, replaced an unused baseball field at a city park in Salem, Massachusetts. Today, it encompasses about 10,000 square feet, along with a recently constructed pond that captures water for irrigation and overflows to a nearby urban wetland. The Food Farm grew from the efforts of local residents and agriculturalists Matt Buchanan, Pat Schultz, and Andy Varela. It was built in 2020 with about $40,000 in grants, including a $5,000 grant from the Healthy Babies Initiative sponsored by Bright Cities and the Mayors Innovation Project.Document