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How We Work

Live Well Springfield partners include non-profit organizations and representatives from healthcare, regional transit authority, and Springfield city departments. Learn more about our partners.   The coalition is convened by the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.   Live Well Springfield is organized into committees based on currently funded initiatives and ongoing programs. 

Go Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market Advisory Committee

The Go Fresh Advisory Committee provides guidance and support to the Go Fresh Mobile Farmer’s Market.  Go Fresh is convened by the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts with members including the YMCA of Greater Springfield, Gardening the Community, Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, Mosque 13, and Caring Health Center. To learn more or volunteer for the Go Fresh Mobile Market, contact info@publichealthwm.org.

Age-Friendly City Advisory Committee

The Age-Friendly City Advisory Committee provides guidance and support for the project to officially designate Springfield as an Age-Friendly city.  Convened by the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, the committee includes representatives of  the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), Springfield Health and Human Services Department, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield Partners for Community Action, Stavros, and Mass Senior Action. To learn more or participate in Age-Friendly activities, contact Samantha Hamilton, LWS Manager at Shamilton@publichealthwm.org.

Transforming Communities Initiative Committee

The Transforming Communities Initiative is a cross-sector effort to improve policies, systems, and environments of preschool and school aged kids around healthy eating, physical activity, and tobacco prevention. Mercy Medical Center convenes this committee which is supporting efforts to prevent obesity and chronic disease by addressing social determinants of health.  Committee members include Public Health Institute of Western MAWay Finders, Springfield Public SchoolsSquare One, MLK Jr. Family ServicesSpringfield Food Policy Council, and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

Marketing Committee

Supported by the Transforming Communities Initiative, the Marketing Committee is leading efforts on the “Guess What I Did?” campaign, the new website, social media and other communications. Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts convenes this committee. To get involved, contact Samantha Hamilton, LWS Manager.

Built Environment Committee

The Springfield Built Environment committee brings together City of Springfield staff members who work on the Built Environment to assure regular communication and collaboration. The group, which meets monthly, first started meeting nearly 20 years ago. Members include representatives from the following city departments: Public Works, Planning & Economic Development, Parks, Buildings & Recreation Management, Health & Human Services, Elder Affairs, Police and Springfield Public Schools.

In addition, representatives from other organizations participate, including Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC), Pioneer Valley Transit Authority (PVTA), Way Finders, TDI, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (Mass DOT) Safe Routes to School Initiative, and the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts (PHIWM). PVPC and PVTA are quasi -governmental organizations that serve the city. Way Finders, TDI and PHIWM are nonprofit organizations that work in Springfield to advance a healthy built environment. The Mass DOT Safe Routes to School Initiative advances safe walking and bicycling to school