blue hills regional coordinating council (bhRCC)

As a regional hub for convening and connecting organizations working to improve public health, CHNA 20 is uniquely suited to lead a systemic project with broad implications for community health improvement. In Fall 2018, the CHNA 20 Health Equity subcommittee decided to pursue an action-oriented, solutions-based initiative to address transportation equity, considered one of the region’s most pressing social determinants of health. While there is much work being done in transportation both locally and throughout the state, many report that efforts are inefficient due to lack of meaningful, cross-sector collaborations to help coordinate existing systems and services.

CHNA 20's primary goal for this new initiative is to convene, engage and lead an RCC (Regional Coordinating Council) for the Blue Hills region. RCCs are voluntary coalitions of stakeholders collaborating to address regional transportation needs; only the CHNA 20 catchment area - the Blue Hills region, lacks a dedicated RCC. The BHRCC will support the metro Quincy region's transition to a healthy community by addressing mobility and transportation access barriers for older adults and other vulnerable populations. Working with our regional partners and member organizations, in alignment with the MA Department of Transportation, the Governor's Council on Healthy Aging, the WHO/AARP Healthy Aging Designation criteria and the MA Gateway Cities initiative, we will first conduct a deeper community needs analysis exposing the root causes of access disparities, then design and implement a regional plan to close gaps, strengthen structural and systemic inadequacies and increase utilization of public and private systems.

project activities & timeline

Phase I: January 2019 - February 2020

  1. Engage community partners and community members for participation in BHRCC

  2. Develop and codify BHRCC governance and structure; define partner roles and plan group goals and outcomes

  3. Aggregate secondary data

  4. Design and conduct needs assessment/gap analysis and asset map

  5. Analyze, summarize, and share assessment findings

Phase II: March - December 2020

  1. Draft and disseminate regional action plan/transportation community health improvement plan (T-CHIP)

Phase III: January - December 2021

  1. Prioritize strategies and objectives

  2. Scan best practices of current transportation models

  3. Assess municipal and other stakeholder commitments

  4. Design, implement, and evaluate town-specific strategy for Quincy, Hull, and Randolph

  5. Lay the groundwork for long-term plan and future investment

Phase IV: Starting January 2022

  1. Plan and implement program expansion to other CHNA 20 communities

  2. Identify and secure community partner and municipal commitment of resources

  3. Ensure ongoing roles for BHRCC members

  4. Draft evaluation plan

funding for the blue hills rcc

Support for this initiative was provided in part by a grant from Tufts Health Plan Foundation. View the Tufts Health Plan Foundation press release on their community awards. BID-Milton Hospital also generously provided funding for this project.