InFocus: The Build Health Challenge and the Healthy Hill Initiative

Sections of Old Hill were severely damaged by the 2011 tornado.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) - A national foundation dedicated to community health issues has awarded funding for a health initiative in Springfield.

This Sunday on 22News InFocus we'll learn about the de Beaumont Foundation, and their community health project, the BUILD HEALTH CHALLENGE. A Springfield community partnership, the HEALTHY HILL INITIATIVE, will receive $75-thousand dollars for their plan to address safety, economic and health issues in the Old Hill neighborhood.

A panel discussion will include of some of the lead partners of the initiative will discuss the plans to improve living conditions in the Old Hill Neighborhood.  The initiative won a $75-thousand dollar grant initiate the planning process and have applied for an additional $100-thousand dollars to implement the plans.

They hope to create a successful model that will help other communities address the factors that cause unhealthy living conditions. They have begun by organizing working partnerships with hospitals, housing and community organizations and businesses.

Learn more about the Build Health Challenge program and the Healthy Hill Initiative this Sunday at noon on 22News InFocus. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Also, you can now block any inappropriate user by simple selecting the drop down menu on the right of any comment and selection "Block User" from there.

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