As the Bristol Health Equity Zone enters its seventh year, we would like to announce a significant restructuring of the organization.


Emily Pearce-Spence and Craig Pereira have led the Bristol HEZ as co-coordinators since its inception, and will be stepping into new roles as directors, staying on to consult but leaving the day to day running of the organization to a newly appointed coordinator.


Sarah Bullard, who has been the assistant coordinator since 2016, is leaving her position on June 30. We are grateful for her years of service and wish her the best going forward. The responsibilities of the assistant coordinator will be absorbed into the coordinator position.

Job descriptions for the coordinator position, as well as leader positions for the Physical Activity Working Group and Substance Abuse Awareness and Prevention Working Group, are now available. All positions are grant-funded.

Please send a cover letter and resume to HEZteam@bristolhealthequityzone.org.


The deadline for applications is July 10, 2020.



The Bristol Health Equity Zone condemns the violence that has claimed the lives of so many Black people in America and joins in mourning the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and countless others. We are committed to addressing the institutionalized racism that is a driving force of the social determinants of health (like housing, education and employment) and is a barrier to health equity.  


Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and healthcare.


While we welcome diverse voices and offer a seat at the table to all community members, we are keenly aware that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) may not be equitably represented within our organization and/or activities. As part of our efforts to address health inequities in the Bristol and Warren communities, we invite any interested BIPOC to join the Bristol Health Equity Zone at any time.


For more information, please contact our team at HEZteam@bristolhealthequityzone.org, or via Facebook Messenger at www.facebook.com/BristolHEZ


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“We are dedicated to fostering a

community where all residents have

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What's happening right now?

The Bristol Health Equity Zone is now in its fifth year. Currently, the Bristol Health Equity Zone is implementing strategies under our specific topic areas, included in the Work Plan:

• Food & Nutrition

  • Monthly Cooking Demonstrations

  • Cooking Demonstration Cookbook (in collaboration with Roger Williams University)

• Physical Activity

  • Development of a Town-wide Walk/Bike Plan

  • Program Coordinator position at Quinta Gamelin Community Center

• Substance Use Awareness & Prevention

  • East Bay Recovery Center (through December 31, 2019)

  • Opioid Forums

  • Recovery Resources Rack Card

  • Overdose Prevention Plan

  • HelpIsHereBristol.com campaign

  • NaloxBox Program

  • Rally 4 Recovery

  • Bristol County Medical Center Collaboration

    • Deterra Bags/Narcan distribution

  • Narcan Trainings

  • Bristol Police Youth Leadership Camp

  • Mental Health First Aid Training (Bristol Police/Fire)

  • Red Ribbon Speaker - Mt. Hope High School

• Personal Health & Wellness

  • Student Advocate at Mt. Hope High School

  • Bristol Kindness Project (Kindness Rocks/Don't Give Up signs)

  • Community-wide Suicide Prevention Initiatives

    • Talk Saves Lives Breakfast

    • Mental Health Matters Community Conversation

    • International Suicide Survivors Day Presentation

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

  • Mental Health Resources Research Project (in collaboration with Roger Williams University)

  • Courageous Kids Camp

Bristol Health Equity Zone Status Report May 21, 2019

$1,260,606.90 leveraged in total

HEZ Direct Funding, Programming/Personnel 2015 – 2019 ($1,191,890.90)

  • HEZ Year 1 ($132,000)

  • HEZ Year 2 ($321,000)

  • HEZ Year 3 ($296,000)

  • HEZ Year 4 ($205,645)

  • HEZ Gap/Opioid Funding ($97,297.91)

  • HEZ Year 5 Sustainability Funding ($139,947.96)

HEZ Outside Funding/Grants 2015 - 2019 ($68,716)

  • Fund for Civic Activities (Year 2/RWU) for cooking demonstrations ($2,500)

  • Roger’s Free Library (Year 2) Youth Mental Health First Aid ($1,500)

  • Bristol Garden Club (Year 3) raised planters for seniors at QGCC ($750)

  • Roger’s Free Library (Year 3) Parent Educators training/expansion of 3 – 5 year olds – ($4,900)

  • RI Rally for Recovery (Year 3) Recovery Rally ($5,000)

  • RI DOH Mini Grant (Year 3) Recovery Center start-up/operations ($4,900)

  • Fund for Civic Activities (Year 3/RWU) for Mental Health First Aid Training/Don’t Give Up Signs ($2,000)

  • CODE (Community Overdose grant) (Year 4) – Recovery Center operations/substance abuse initiatives ($5,000)

  • Family Movie Night (Year 3) Stone Coast Community Church ($1,000)

  • DEA grant (Year 4/5) intergenerational garden program, expanded cooking demonstrations, senior transportation services, nutrition programming at DPP/QGCC  ($18,500)

  • RI Rally for Recovery (Year 4) Recovery Rally ($5,000)

  • Fund for Civic Activities (Year 4/RWU) for Mental Health Speaker/Lunch Series ($1,750)

  • CODE 2 (Community Overdose grant) (Gap Funding) – Narcan Trainings, Naloxboxes/Installation, East Bay recovery Center operations/personnel ($9,966)

  • Intergenerational Farmer’s Market ($5,950)


For more information, please visit our Initiatives page, and for event dates check out our calendar

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