Newport Health Equity Zone Project

HEZ Project Overview_ALN (click to download)   http://newporthealthequity.com/

In April, 2015 the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) became one of eleven organizations within the state of R.I. to receive a Health Equity Zone (HEZ) grant from the R.I. Department of Health.

The Newport Health Equity Zone project is a place-based initiative focusing on the North End and Broadway neighborhoods.

The WRC was awarded $235,000 for year one of this project. Funding could be awarded for up to four years. The goal of this project is to not only mitigate current health disparities present in these communities, but also to empower residents with the skills needed to create community change.

The Newport-HEZ project is focused on 6 main areas that impact health: transportation, arts and culture, open space, physical and emotional health, education innovation and economic opportunities and food access.

By focusing on these 6 areas, we hope to ensure that our efforts take a holistic approach to decreasing health disparities by addressing numerous social determinants of health. The project will have six working groups that will each concentrate on one of the six focus areas. A working group will be comprised of one lead organization, numerous support agencies, and a minimum of 2 residents from the North End and Broadway neighborhoods.