What We Do
The Bristol HEZ is a community-wide effort funded through the Rhode Island Department of Health by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Health Resources and Services Administration to create innovative approaches that can reduce and manage chronic diseases, promote healthy lifestyles, assure healthy child development, and create environments where healthy choices are easier to make.
Bristol HEZ brings together existing organizations, stakeholders, and partners that focus on the health and well-being of the community into a formal, sustainable collaborative. The Bristol HEZ works together to identify the health risks and needs of the Town and moves forward common objectives around health-promoting programs, services, and community design.
Bristol Health Equity Zone envisions an equitable community, where community members are mentally and physically healthy, and feel connected, empowered, and safe.
Bristol Health Equity Zone works to create a community that is healthy, just, and inclusive, by responding to community members, cultivating partnerships, and advocating for equity.
Food & Nutrition
Awareness & Prevention
Personal & Mental
Health & Wellness
BRISTOL HEALTH EQUITY ZONE
The Bristol Health Equity Zone condemns the violence that has claimed the lives of so many Black people in America and joins in mourning the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others. We are committed to addressing the institutionalized racism that is a driving force of the social determinants of health (like housing, education and employment) and is a barrier to health equity.
Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and healthcare.
While we welcome diverse voices and offer a seat at the table to all community members, we are keenly aware that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) may not be equitably represented within our organization and/or activities. As part of our efforts to address health inequities in the Bristol and Warren communities, we invite any interested BIPOC to join the Bristol Health Equity Zone at any time.