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The Go Fresh Mobile Market Season is Here!
Live Well Springfield celebrates their seventh season of the Go Fresh Mobile Market that includes 13 stops across Springfield.  The season began on July 12th and runs until October 31st.  

Some of the farms that grow produce for the mobile market include Gardening the Community, Next Barn Over, Wakulima Cooperative and Mountain View Farm. 

A big thank you goes to the following supporters for their contributions to the market: Health New England, Community Foundation of Western MA, PeoplesBank, STCC Foundation, Trinity Health New England/Mercy Medical Center, Davis Foundation, Baystate Health Foundation, Boston Medical Center HealthNet Plan and Beacon Communities.
2017 Go Fresh schedule:
Meet our Newest Team Member Jessie Gleckel
We are pleased to introduce our newest staff member Jessie Gleckel!

Jessie is our new Senior Research Associate and has more than 17 years of experience in local, state, national, and international public health practice, research, and evaluation.   
Strong, Healthy & Just: the Springfield Climate Action & Resilience Plan

After a series of public meetings, the City of Springfield has finalized its climate action plan.  The new plan: Strong, Healthy, and Just: Springfield Climate Action and Resilience Plan is available online

Also, be sure to check out the city's dedicated dashboard at www.ResilientSpringfield.org where you can explore the plan and track its progress. 

Stay tuned for events this fall as the implementation of the plan begins.

MA Food Trust, the SNAP Gap, & Mass in Motion included in FY18 Operating Budget

On Friday, July 7th,  the Legislature voted on the final FY18 Operational Budget which included the MA Food Trust, Closing the SNAP Gap,  and Mass in Motion. Governor Baker approved the budget for the MA Food Trust program. 

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Attorney General's Office Public Listening Session on Community Benefits
The Attorney General's Office (AGO) is in the process of updating the Guidelines on hospital and HMO community benefits.  The AGO provides guidance for how non-profit hospitals and health plans should develop and report on the benefits and programs they provide to the public as part of their commitment to the communities they serve. 

The AGO's office will be holding a  Public Listening Session on Community Benefits in Western MA on:
 
Monday, September 11th, 2017
3-5 pm
One Financial Plaza
1350 Main Street, Community Room
Springfield, MA

The current Guidelines and copies of past hospital and HMO Community Benefits reports are available at http://www.mass.gov/ago/doing-business-in-massachusetts/healthcare/community-benefits.html
A Big Thank You to Our Interns!
We'd like to thank our following interns who have helped us in different capacities with research, data and evaluation:

Alee, Tsepal, Shakir, Mabeline and Mikaela