Partners Steering Committee
The Greater Fall River Healthy City Initiative is overseen by the Partners
25-member Steering Committee. This group, made up of representatives of
numerous local organizations and representing the City of Fall River and the
towns of Somerset, Swansea and Westport, meets monthly to make decisions
about the overall direction of its projects.
Partners Task Forces
The work of Partners takes place
in five Task Forces that meet separately to focus on specific areas of need,
such as youth issues, homelessness, substance abuse, child abuse or
nutrition. Anyone who serves on a Task Force is eligible to vote for
Steering Committee Members at the biennial election of Partners.
A merger of the
and the School-Community Partnership that consolidates all youth development planning and coordination
activities for the Fall River Schools has created a single group to oversee all issues that affect youth, including youth substance abuse and violence prevention and any intervention involved in preventing youth risk behaviors.
Substance Abuse Task Force
The mission of the
Substance Abuse Task force is to collaborate with the Greater Fall River
community to eliminate the abuse of substances through education, awareness,
and prevention. Its vision is to create a healthy and drug-free Greater Fall
and includes the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition (SAPC) or BOLD
Mobilizing for Change on Alcohol (CMCA), Partnership
for Success II (PFSII), and the Massachusetts
Opioid Abuse Prevention Collaborative (MOAPC).
Healthy Eating / Active Living Task
Eating/Active Living (HEAL) Task Force brings together the many resources
that contribute to improved nutrition and increasing the activity levels of adults and children in
the Greater Fall River Area. This Task Force also seeks to reduce levels of overweight,
obesity and poor nutrition. Working closely with the Mass In Motion Project, this Task Force
also seeks to
improve the physical environment to enable multi-modal transportation,
greater use of parks and open spaces, and resources designed to increase
Coalition for Health and Well Being
Fall River Coalition for Health and Well Being is an ad hoc group formed
in response to the challenges posed by homeless families living in local
motels while they await placement in permanent housing. Members of the
group meet to continue their ongoing discussion of strategies to assist
the families. The group is working on providing resources and assistance
with accessing medical care, finding donations of clothing and personal
care items, transportation, and options for recreation for the children
who are living in very restrictive environments.
here to see photos and a retrospective
video from the 20th Anniversary Celebration of Partners in 2013.
here to see photos and video
from the 2005 Design Team Summit held at Fall River Government Center.
here to see photos from the first Healthy City Summit held on March 25th,
2004, at Bristol Community College.