Theory of Change Measures for HEAL
Welcome to The HEAL Collaborative
Transforming Communities for a Healthier Tomorrow
The HEAL Collaborative is more than just a project; it's a dynamic community movement dedicated to creating enduring, systemic change that enhances the health and quality of life for the residents of Winchendon and Gardner. Our approach is comprehensive, involving community members, local organizations, and strategic external partners in a united effort to fortify our communities' assets. By fostering social inclusion, redistributing power, and ensuring a lasting collective impact, we are committed to holistically reshaping our communities.
Our Journey: From Winchendon to Gardner
The seeds of the HEAL Collaborative were sown in 2017 when Winchendon residents and community organizations united over a shared vision of equitable food access and enhanced social inclusivity. This collaboration gained momentum with the support from the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission's MassUP investment program, leading to the official launch of HEAL Winchendon in 2020. Building on this success, our initiative extended to Gardner in 2022, evolving into the comprehensive HEAL Collaborative.
Our Focus Areas
The HEAL Collaborative concentrates on three key pillars to drive change:
Social Inclusion: Strengthening community bonds and ensuring everyone has a voice.
Healthy Food Access: Guaranteeing equitable access to nutritious food options.
Economic Empowerment: Fostering economic growth and opportunities for all residents.
HEAL Collaborative economic empowerment activities:
Shared understanding of the systemic causes of poverty
Financial education programs
Affordable Financial Products
Economic empowerment services integrated Into community
Economic empowerment through food system
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