By Erika Hval

On a drizzling Saturday afternoon in early October, residents of Hyde Park joined representatives from BPHC and Hyde Park Community Resources for an important neighborhood community meeting.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, executive director of BPHC, delivered an overview of Hyde Park’s current health status, highlighting both the community’s assets and its areas that need improvement. Empowered by the information, neighborhood residents, local businesses, and BPHC staff broke into small groups and brainstormed additional ways to take advantage of the existing health-promoting services that Hyde Park has to offer, while also generating solutions for those areas needing improvement.

The community meeting attendees varied widely in age, spoke different languages, and had diverse visions of what Hyde Park could and should look like. Nevertheless, this diverse group of individuals came together for an informative and inspiring day that is sure to contribute to a healthier Hyde Park. Take a look at more pictures from the event here.

BPHC is continuing its commitment to improving the health of Boston’s communities by hosting a South Boston Town Meeting on Monday, November 14, in partnership with South Boston Collaborative Advisory Network and SB CAN Reduce Underage Drinking.

Local residents will have the opportunity to hear from Dr. Ferrer and learn about Hepatitis C, Narcan First Aid, how to reduce stress, and ways work together to improve the health of South Boston.

The town hall will take place from 5:30-8:30 PM at the Iron Workers Union Hall, 195 Old Colony Avenue. A light dinner will be provided and Spanish interpretation will be available. Click here to learn more and to RSVP.

Erika Hval is a BPHC intern for intergovernmental relations and public health advocacy/policy and planning.