City of Fitchburg Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative
The City of Fitchburg’s Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative (HNI) is a 5-year pilot program designed to formulate and implement a strategic, collaborative, and holistic approach to address specific issues in three northern City neighborhoods, in conjunction with community/neighborhood partners and residents. These “Priority Neighborhoods” are identified on the map below:
What are Healthy Neighborhoods?
Healthy neighborhoods have the following defining features:
1. Equity….in access to opportunities.
2. Diversity….in land uses, housing stock, and people.
3. Components that are integrated, stable, and sustainable…..education, employment, housing, recreation, public safety, environment, etc.
What is Fitchburg doing to move Priority Neighborhoods towards Healthy Neighborhoods?
The City has developed a strategic plan to guide HNI implementation. This framework consists of Pillars, Pillar Principles, Indicators, and Action Items. Working in conjunction, these elements provide a foundation for moving Priority Neighborhoods towards Healthy Neighborhoods.
Pillars and Pillar Principles
Pillars serve as HNI “goal categories” and Pillar Principles serve as “goals”, and are as follows:
Evaluation of HNI success and outcomes, and movement towards Healthy Neighborhoods and Pillar Principles, is premised largely on the concept of Indicatorsand associated targets. These Indicators are organized around Pillars and Pillar Principles and identify desirable and attainable neighborhood characteristics.
Action items are specific courses of action to move Priority Neighborhoods towards Healthy Neighborhoods, Pillar Principles, and Indicator targets. The HNI has four Action Item categories. Click on the Action Item categories below to learn more:
Promotion: Marketing the HNI to stakeholders and identifying sustaining financial resources