Public Health Commission to Host Special Forum on Social Wellness in Mattapan

BOSTON – The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), in partnership with the Mattapan Community Health Center, the Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition, and Mattapan United, will host a community meeting on the health of Mattapan with a special focus on social wellness.  Residents and community members are encouraged to attend the forum on Thursday, October 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch of the Boston Public Library, located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue.

Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission and Dr. Kermit Crawford, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, will share the latest data on the health of Mattapan and lead a discussion on the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit.

“This dialogue presents a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together to brainstorm new ways to address health challenges,” said Dr. Ferrer.  “Everyone has a role to play in making our neighborhoods healthier.”

The meeting will allow people living and working in Mattapan to discuss health issues specific to the neighborhood. Participants will learn about the findings of the latest Health of Boston report and will have the opportunity to discuss key health issues affecting their neighborhood.  The organizers are interested in working collaboratively with residents, businesses, community agencies, faith-based institutions, elected officials, and others to develop creative ideas that will help build a stronger, healthier Mattapan.

Attendees will also have a chance to learn more about two new public awareness campaigns produced by the BPHC.  One of the initiatives, “Our Mattapan. Many Pasts. One Future.” is a powerful messaging campaign that highlights the impact of violence in the neighborhood from the perspectives of those that have been directly touched by it.  The other campaign, which promotes early childhood mental health, encourages parents of young children to talk to their pediatricians about fostering positive social and emotional growth from a young age.

The community meeting is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served.  Residents of all ages, service providers, community organizations, faith-based groups, youth groups, parents, seniors, and concerned local leaders are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact the BPHC at 617-534-2268.