Boston Public Health Commission

Codman Square Health Forum Dec. 7

On Wednesday, December 7, there will be a community forum at the Great Hall, 6 Norfolk Street, the fourth in this year's series of annual citywide health forums. The forum is hosted by the Boston Public Health Commission and Codman Square Neighborhood Council, the Boston Alliance for Community Health, and BOLD (Breath of Life Dorchester) Teens. At the meeting, the latest Health of Boston report information such as the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, rates of resulting chronic disease, and recent health initiatives in the community and their impact. The event is free and open to all. Light dinner will be provided at no charge. For more information, please contact Aliza Wasserman at 617.534.7781 or by email, or Rev. Bill Loesch at 617.650.2049.

The meeting is an excellent opportunity to discuss health issues affecting the Dorchester community!

Get Your Membership with Hubway!


Get Your Hubway Membership! Hubway allows you to access hundreds of bicycles at stations across Boston. Hubway is a simple, low cost and reliable way to get around the City. All are welcome to join and many residents of Dorchester may be eligible for a subsidized membership. Boston Public Health Commission is providing subsidized annual memberships for low income Boston residents at $15.00/year, which includes a free helmet. Get your subsidy code from the Boston Public Health Commission, and redeem your code at or by calling 1-855-(4 HUBWAY). Use your key to access a bike at any New Balance Hubway station. To find a station, look for a Boston Bikes Map, or go to Return the bike to any New Balance Hubway station. Repeat as many times as you like! Don’t forget to bring your helmet. Best of luck navigating. This is plenty of time to run an errand, get some exercise, connect to the T and ride for fun! You can view a flyer here.

Pink and Black: Host a Free Workshop

Pink isn't the only color associated with Breast Cancer. Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among Black women? Pink and Black Ambassadors are breast cancer patients and survivors who wish to end this health disparity by speaking out about prevention, treatment and survivorship. Host a free workshop with the Pink and Black Ambassadors at your organization or group meeting by filling out the workshop request form attached to this post. Call 617-534-4960 or visit for more information.

School Book Bag Giveaway and Resource Fair, Aug. 24

SchoolGet free school supplies, raffles, prizes, food and entertainment on Wednesday, August 24! The Boston Public Health Commission will host a School Book Bag Giveaway & Resource Fair at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley Street in Dorchester from 4:30 to 7 p.m.! Adult must bring child or children with them. Each child is eligible to receive one book bag. Child must attend a Boston Public School or be a Boston resident. Bring a 2011 school report card for each child. Avoid the line: pre-register by emailing For more information, contact LaTasha Cooper at 617-419-3414 or

"Complete Streets" Neighborhood Walk, Jul. 19

Complete Streets - Dorchester Ave.Please join SMAMS, Fields Corner Main Street, Boston Transportation Dept and Boston Public Health Commission for a "Complete Streets" Neighborhood Walk from Fields Corner to Peabody Square on Tuesday, July 19!  Walk starts at 1500 Dorchester Avenue in Fields Corner at 5:30 p.m. The walk leader will be Mark Fenton, host of the "America's Walking" PBS TV series and one of the country's leading experts on the relationship among walking, street design and public health.

The group will explore the walking environment along Dorchester Ave. and learn how current and planned improvement projects fit with the City's efforts to create streets that are "multimodal, green and smart" to support a healthy, active lifestyle. Refreshments will be served! >> Read More

Safe Prescription Disposal Day, Jun. 25

Safe Prescription Disposal DayCarney Hospital is partnering with the Boston Police Department, Boston Public Health Commission, Dorchester Substance Abuse Coalition and Walgreen's for this safe prescription disposal event at Walgreen's parking lot on Gallivan Blvd. on Saturday, June 25, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (There is also an event in Jamaica Plain.)

These events allow community residents to have a safe and environmentally responsible way to discard their unused and expired medications. Proper disposal of medications is key to the safety of children, pets and the environment. 

12th Annual Family Health Fair Fun Day, Jun. 15

The community is invited to the 12th Annual Family Health Fair Fun Day 2011! The day of recreation and family bonding features food, free give-a-ways, health screenings, games, prizes, information booths and a variety of entertainment, including a magician & pony rides! Join the Boston Healthy Start Initiative on Wednesday, June 15, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Harambee Park (corner of Blue Hill Avenue and Talbot Avenue) in Dorchester. The park is adjacent to the Boys and Girls Club at 15 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester 02124.

This event is put on by the Boston Healthy Start Initiative & Father Friendly Initiative, programs housed at the Boston Public Health Commission. For more information, contact the Boston Healthy Start Initiative by phone (617 534-7828) or email (

Community Health Forum at Dorchester House, Jun. 21

Dorchester House Multi-Service CenterIt's time to talk about Dorchester. Come to the Dorchester House Multi-Service Center (1353 Dorchester Avenue) on Tuesday, June 21 for a discussion of the health issues affecting the neighborhood, with a special focus on obesity, hepatitis and diabetes. The forum, free of charge, will take place from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room. A light dinner will be provided. Join the Boston Public Health Commission, Eaton Apothecary and CVS Pharmacy, in partnership with Close to Home, Hospice of Boston and Greater Brockton, Mujeres Unidas en Acción, Viet-AID and the Vietnamese-American Women's League of Massachusetts and vicinities in buildling a safe and healthy Dorchester!

For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Truong, External Relations Director, at (617)740-2419 or by emailing

Grove Hall PEACE Walks, May 11, 25

Project RIGHT, Inc.Demand peace! Pave the way with your feet and belief! The next Grove Hall Peace Walk will take place Wednesday, May 11 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The Walk will depart from Project RIGHT, Inc. at 320A Blue Hill Avenue (Lawrence Avenue and Blue Hill Avenue). Come out and support your community!

A subsequent peace walk will take place Wednesday, May 25, 2011 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., departing from Deliverance Temple Church, 232 Columbia Road, Dorchester (Coumbia Road and Devon St). For more information contact Project RIGHT, inc. at 617-541-5454 ext. 102 or email

Healthworks at Codman's Girls' Night Out, May 21

Healthworks Community FitnessIt's time to celebrate women! Come to "Girls' Night Out," a female-focused fiesta of fun hosted by Healthworks at Codman (450 Washington Street) and open to the public. Stop by the gym between 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 for manicures, massages, dance, food and conversation with other mothers. The event presented by Liz Walker’s Better Living Campaign, in partnership with The Boston Public Health Commission,  features Special Guest Massachusetts First Lady Diane Patrick, and is themed "Mental Health Matters: Let’s Talk."  >> Read More

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