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Phoenix Rising: The Evolution of Holyoke's Collaborative Organizing for Healthy Food Resilience
Health Promotion Practice (2018)
  • Catherine Sands, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Neftali Duran, A Project of Nuestas Raíces
  • Laura Christoph, Holyoke Community College
  • Carol Stewart, Mt. Holyoke College
In the Holyoke Food & Fitness Policy Council (HFFPC) case study, the challenges of providing equitable multistakeholder organizing are examined. The importance of housing the work in the community, power sharing, and having community representation in the leadership is made clear. The HFFPC partnership began with vigor, encountered challenges of trust, transparency, aligned goals and values; it dissolved, and reformed. Because it began with shared values of strong communities and healthy people, the partnership continues to evolve, build local leadership, change narratives, and articulate the need for racial equity in their food system, while shifting local systems and policies that frame who has access to healthy food and safe spaces to exercise in a low-income Latino community.
  • partnerships/coalitions,
  • health research,
  • community organization,
  • health equity,
  • racial equity,
  • food environment,
  • active living/built environment,
  • local policy change
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Sands, C., Duran, N., Christoph, L., & Stewart, C. (2018). Phoenix Rising: The Evolution of Holyoke’s Collaborative Organizing for Healthy Food Resilience. Health Promotion Practice, 19(1_suppl), 63S-69S.