Way Finders’ Resident Health Advocates foster residents’ independence, collaboration, leadership, personal growth, and an increased knowledge base about the promotion of health by leading physical activities for children and adults, engaging families to participate, engaging residents in C3 Police Initiative efforts, policy advocacy and infrastructure planning under the Healthy Hill Initiative.
Springfield Initiatives & Activities
The Healthy Hill Initiative (HHI) is a multi-sector collaborative working to improve resident health & well-being in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood. Since beginning the Healthy Hill Initiative in 2016 Way Finders has expanded its efforts to the Mason Square community, engaging residents in health and fitness activities, leadership trainings, and advocacy efforts.
Resident Leadership & Advocacy
Partnerships with Schools
Way Finders builds strong, lasting relationships with public schools in order to promote public health, public safety, and advoacy with students and their parents.
Let’s Play is a free monthly fitness event for youth at Donna Blake Park. Joined by Mason Square C3 police officers, Next Level Adventure provides games and activities including slack lines, soccer, football, etc. as a way to encourage physical activity, raise awareness around public-safety, and foster positive relationships with city police. Children ages 6 years and older have been continuously engaged since our first “Let’s Play” in October 2016.
During the winter months, the fun continues with Let’s Play Indoors at Springfield College. Springfield College’s Athletic teams lead games and activities and introduce youth to Springfield College’s campus. Lunch is provided at all Let’s Play events.
Senior Health & Advocacy
Whether taking a vigorous chair aerobics class or walking through the Old Hill neighborhood, a group of seniors from Springfield are becoming healthier and transforming their community in the process.