Chapter two of the "Health of Massachusetts" takes a closer look at the various factors in our communities that influence how healthy we are. These factors are sometimes called "community assets", and they can range from the number of doctors in your area, to whether or not you have access to public parks and sidewalks, to the availability of healthy food choices in nearby grocery stores and restaurants.
Taking stock of each of these assets in local communities is a powerful first step for residents. By doing so, people can begin to work together to create change on the ground in their community — to continue to develop these resources, improve the health of themselves and their families, and reduce health disparities across the Commonwealth.
This chapter provides a snapshot of numerous issues related to community assets across the six geographical regions of the state. Specifically, we look at health care infrastructure (with an emphasis on the distribution of services) and community infrastructure (with an emphasis on assets that encourage healthy eating and active living.)
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