Westerly, RI Environmental Health Profile

Dates: 2007-2008

State: Rhode Island

Client(s): Bradford Area Environmental Fund

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Applied Research & Evaluation, Training & Technical Assistance

Technical Expertise: Environmental Health, Family Planning & Reproductive Health

Southeastern Rhode Island communities face unique environmental health concerns. While claiming an abundance of assets in the form of natural resources, several of these communities nevertheless face a combination of concerns that reflect a crossing of rural, suburban, and even urban issues. JSI was hired by citizen advocates to use proceeds from a settlement with a polluting textile mill in Bradford, RI to advance local environmental health in mill communities of Southern Rhode Island. Working to bring residents together with a broad range of community and regional organizations, JSI provided residents with the information and resources to help identify and address the most important environmental health concerns facing their families.