The Foreign Born Population of Worcester, Massachusetts: Assessing the Challenges and Contributions of a Diverse Community
PPC partnered with the UMass Donahue Institute and Seven Hills Foundation to undertake the first systematic assessment of the size, composition, social and economic contributions, and the social and human service needs of Worcester's foreign-born population. The final publication will be officially released in the the coming weeks.
Cancer Disparities Capacity Building Project, Phase I: Needs Assessment
PPC worked with Greater New Bedford Allies for Health and Wellness, Inc. on a
that identifies barriers faced by residents who have difficulty accessing both preventive and comprehensive cancer care. Under the leadership of PPC, community health workers and community leaders facilitated 8 focus groups and conducted interviews with 51 community members and 16 community leaders with diverse demographic and cultural backgrounds.
Subsidizing Risk: The Regressive and Counterproductive Nature of National Flood Insurance Rate Setting in Massachusetts
PPC and the UMass Dartmouth Department of Public Policy teamed up to study the relationship between the average National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) premiums and the average property values of NFIP insured properties in 331 Massachusetts municipalities.
Results of the study
suggest current policies in setting flood insurance rates in Massachusetts result in regressive premiums and, as a result, can increase incentives for risk taking.
Identifying Opportunities and Challenges Facing Prospective Nursing Students
PPC is collaborating with the UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing on a Diversity Nursing Scholars Program that will identify strategies to increase the pipeline of nursing students from the New Bedford area. PPC will design
and complete a community needs assessment that identifies opportunities and challenges among middle and high school students who are interested in a nursing career, particularly as they relate to obstacles that prevent students from being college ready, applying for college, and enrolling in college.
Exploring Health Literacy
PPC is applying for an NIH grant In partnership with faculty from UMass Dartmouth's Psychology and Sociology departments to study health literacy in New Bedford. We are interested in studying how certain factors, such as cultural background and informational preferences affect health literacy.
Exploring Benefits and Costs of Housing Production in the Commonwealth
PPC is collaborating with the Massachusetts Housing Partnership to determine the conditions under which the benefits of housing production might exceed its costs.
The research will also establish principles for designing a policy to reimburse communities that allow development, but experience related negative fiscal impacts.
Supporting Pay Equity for Women in the SouthCoast
PPC is working with the
Women's Fund of Southeastern Massachusetts Taskforce
to evaluate pay equity and pathways to a living wage for women in the SouthCoast. Our analysis includes income differentials for women across various demographics, including race, educational attainment, and family structures.
Providing Technical Assistance to the Southeastern Health Initiative For Transformation (SHIFT)
e continue our work providing technical and research assistance to the Southeastern Health Initiative for Transformation (SHIFT) program as it moves from the Planning to Implementation stage. SHIFT is funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health through the
Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund (PWTF)
, a first in the nation initiative aimed to reduce health care costs across the Commonwealth by preventing chronic conditions.
Evaluating UMass Dartmouth's America Reads*Counts Program
In partnership with UMass Dartmouth's Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, this program evaluation measures the level to which serving as an America Reads*Counts tutor influences the behaviors and perceptions of UMass Dartmouth students, while also exploring how tutors impact the experiences of participating teachers and students.
Evaluating Taunton's Hope VI Project
PPC continues to evaluate the Taunton (MA) Housing Authority's HOPE VI project. This project involves replacing distressed public housing with two new developments, while providing supportive services to the residents of the now-demolished Fairfax Gardens.
Click here for the most recent report update.
Evaluating the Impacts of AHA! (Arts, History, Architecture) New Bedford
AHA! (Art, History & Architecture) is New Bedford's free Downtown Cultural Night and collaborative cultural organization. PPC has worked with AHA! since 1998 to conduct economic impact analyses, program evaluations, and visitor surveys of AHA! sponsored and supported activities.
Click here for the FY14 interim report.
Expanding the Health Data SouthCoast Website
Looking for data to make the case, design a program or policy, or just become more informed about health issues in the SouthCoast? PPC's
Health Data SouthCoast website
, sponsored by local healthcare organizations, provides the most recent data and resources on various health topics.
Adding New Content to SouthCoast Urban Indicators Project (SCUIP)
is designed to meet the information needs of citizens and leaders of Fall River and New Bedford. This project and website are ever-evolving; we will be adding to and updating content on a regular basis based on the input and suggestion from the community. Please let us know if you have suggestions for new indicators.