Hampden County Public Health Improvement Forum

Continuing, Comprehensive, and Cooperative Planning Process

Average Annual Daily Traffic

American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)

Average Daily Traffic

American Farmland Trust

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

American Heritage Rivers Initiative

American International College

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

Approval Not Required

American Planning Association

Aquifer Protection District

Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (of 2009)

Automatic Traffic Recorder

Average Vehicle Ridership

Barnes Aquifer Protection Advisory Committee

Business Improvement District

Bicycle Level of Service

Best Management Practice

Bridge Management System

Board of Appeals (or Adjustment)

Board of Health

Berkshire Regional Planning Commission

Bureau of Transportation Statistics

Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990

Commercial Area Revitalization District

Community Action Statement

Central Business District

Cape Cod Commission

Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield

Community Development

Community Development Action Grant

Community Development Block Grant

Centers for Disease Control

Community Development Corporation

Community Development Fund

Community Development Plan

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Community Enterprise Economic Development

Citizen Housing and Planning Association

Community Housing Development Organizations

Capital Improvement Inventory System

Capital Improvements Plan (or Program)

Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program

Congestion Management Process

Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission

Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area

Compressed Natural Gas

Carbon Monoxide

Council of Governments

Commonwealth Procurement Access and Solicitation System

Community Preservation Act

Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

Capitol Region Council of Governments

Community Service Block Grant

Combined Sewer Overflow

Department of Conservation and Recreation

Department of Environmental Protection

Division of Employment and Training

Department of Housing and Community Development

Direct Local Technical Assistance

Department of Energy Resources

Department of Revenue

Department of Transportation

Department of Public Works

Developments of Regional Impact

Executive Order

Production of affordable housing across a broad range of incomes 

Economic Assistance Coordinating Council

Economic Development Administration

Economic Development Council

Economic Development District

Economic Development Data and Information System

Economic Development and Industrial Corporation

Environmental Impact Report

Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental Justice

Environmental Notification Form

Economic Opportunity Area

Executive Office of Administration and Finance

Executive Office of Economic Affairs

Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs

Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Site Assessment

Economic Target Area

Federal Aid

Functional Classification (of roadways)

Federal Housing Administration

Federal Highway Administration - An agency of the United States Department of Transportation that provides financial and technical support to each state for constructing, improving, and preserving America’s highway system.

Federal Highway Administration

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

Federal Transit Administration

Greenhouse Gas

Geographic Information System - A system for capturing, storing, analyzing and managing data and associated attributes which are spatially referenced to the earth.

Geographic Information System

Global Positioning System

Housing Appeal Committee


Holyoke Community College

Housing Development Support Program

Housing Innovation Fund

Home Modification for Individuals with Disabilities Loan

Highway Overlay District

Historic Overlay District

Homeownership Opportunities Program

High Occupancy Vehicle

Housing Preservation Grant

Housing Production Plan

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Invitation for Bid

Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act of 1991

Intelligent Transportation Systems

Job Access and Reverse Commute

Jacob's Ladder Scenic Byway

Jacob's Ladder Trail

Joint Transportation Committee

Local Board(s) of Health

Limited English Proficiency

Local Housing Authority

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Low Income Housing Tax Credit

Level of Service

Local Option Transportation Tax

Local Pavement Management System

Light Rail Vehicle

Local Technical Assistance

Massachusetts General Laws

Hazardous waste cleanup regulations

Uniform procurement law for local governments


Planning/comprehensive permits

Smart growth zoning and housing production

Smart growth school cost reimbursement

Subdivision control

Expedited permitting

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Massachusetts Association of Regional Planning Agencies

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Massachusetts Geographic Information System

Minority Business Enterprises

Massachusetts Development Finance Agency 

Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act

Massachusetts Geographic Information Council

Massachusetts Historical Commission 

Massachusetts Housing Partnership

Massachusetts Industrial Finance Agency

Municipal Incentive Grant

Massachusetts Municipal Association

Memorandum of Agreement

Massachusetts Office of Business Development

Massachusetts Office on Disability

Memorandum of Understanding

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Metropolitan Planning Organization

Montachusett Regional Planning Commission

Metropolitan Statistical Area

Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices

Martha's Vineyard Commission

Merrimack Valley Planning Commission

Massachusetts Water Resources Authority

National Association of Regional Councils

New England Association of Regional Councils

Non-Federal Aid

National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (as amended)

National Highway System

Neighborhood Housing Services program

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Northern Middlesex Council of Governments

Nitrogen Oxide

Nantucket Planning and Economic Development Commission

National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System 

National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Transportation Safety Board

Old Colony Planning Council

Overall Condition Index (Pavement)

Open Space and Recreation Plan

Pavement Condition Index

Priority Development Fund

Purchase of Development Rights

Peak Hour Traffic (or Trips)

Payment in Lieu of Taxes

[Metropolitan] Planning Funds

Pavement Management System 

Primary Metropolitan Statistical Area

Pavement Management Users Group

Planner on a Disc

Public Participation Process

Planned Unit Residential Development

Pioneer Valley Regional Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund

Pioneer Valley Transit Authority

Quaboag Valley Community Development Corp.

Rental Development Action Loan

Regional Employment Board

Regional Education and Business Alliance

Regional Economic Models, Inc.

Request For Proposal

Request for Qualifications

Request for Response

Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

Roadway Inventory Files

Revolving Loan Fund

Regional Planning Agency

Regional Pavement Management System

Regional Transit Authority

Regional Technology Corporation

Regional Transportation Plan

Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users

Small Business Administration

Supplier Diversity Office 

State Implementation Plan (for air quality)

Sustainable Knowledge Corridor

Single Occupancy Vehicle

Special Permit

Special Permit Planning

Site Plan Review

Statewide Planning and Research Funds

Single Room Occupancy

Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District

Springfield Technical Community College

Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

Surface Transportation Program

Targeted Brownfields Assessment

Transportation and Community System Preservation [Pilot Program]

Transportation Demand Management

Transfer of Development Rights

Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century

Tax Increment Financing

Transportation Improvement Program

The Literacy Project

Turning Movement Count

Traditional Neighborhood District

Transit Oriented Design (or Development)

Transportation Research Board

Trip Reduction Ordinance

Transportation Systems Management

Urban Growth Boundary

Urban Land Institute

University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute

Unified Planning Work Program

Urban Revitalization Development Grant

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Geological Survey

U.S. Public Land Survey

Underground Storage Tanks

Vehicle Miles Traveled

Volatile Organic Compound

Vehicle Occupancy Rate

Ware Adult Learning Center

Weatherization Assistance Program

Women-owned Business Enterprises

Wellhead Protection Area

Western New England University

Water Quality Management Plan

Westfield River Watershed Association

Westfield River Wild & Scenic Advisory Committee

Water Supply Protection [District]

Westfield State University

Zoning Board of Adjustment (or Appeals)

November 13, 2014


Thank you for visiting our official page for the Hampden County Public Health Improvement Forum. In case you have not yet registered, now is the time to register because space is limited!

Hampden County has consistently ranked the lowest of the 14 counties in the Commonwealth, with respect to Public Health outcomes. This includes having the highest rates of tobacco smoking, adult obesity, excessive drinking, motor vehicle crash fatalities, and sexually transmitted infections ¾ all of which are identified by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention as 'Winnable Battles'.  Realizing that, we have put together a planning committee of public health professionals and elected officials to plan the Hampden County Public Health Improvement Forum.  The forum has been designed to specifically provide an opportunity for key decision makers and stakeholders to understand the economic costs incurred as a result of our county's poor health, while also allowing us to launch the process of strategizing a unified vision plan for the county to improve our health outcomes together. 

Dr. Rosa Rodriguez-Monguio from UMASS Amherst School of Public Health will kick-off the discussions with a keynote presentation on Health and Economics.  Dr. Frank Robinson, Executive Director of Partners for a Healthier Community, will be the moderator and will engage dialogue with panel members.  The panelists include Aaron Vega - State Representative of the Fifth Hampden District; Carlos Gonzalez - State Representative Elect of the Tenth Hampden District and President/CEO of the Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce; Victoria Healy - Executive Director of Health South; Cristina Huebner Torres - Vice President of Caring Health Center; and Lynn Ostrowski - Director of Corporate Responsibilities & Government Affairs at Health New England. 

We invite you to attend the Hampden County Public Health Improvement Forum.  There is still time to register!

When:   November 13, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Where:  Holyoke Community College - Kittredge Center 
             303 Homestead Avenue
             Holyoke, MA 01040

This is a unique opportunity for our county and as many that has helped placed this event together feel, it is long overdue.  I am reaching out to you to seek your presence for the event as a representative of your community.

Any questions, contact PVPC's Municipal Services Coordinator Joshua A. Garcia at (413) 781-6045 or jgarcia@pvpc.org

To Register, CLICK HERE


This event was planned/organized in partnership with the following public health professionals and elected officials of the region:

  • Bettye Anderson-Frederic - Deputy Director of Department of Health and Human Services, Springfield 
  • Helen Arnold RN, MS, Director of Community Benefit and Oncology - Holyoke Medical Center
  • Jessica Collins, Deputy Director, Partners for Healthier Community, Inc.
  • Soloe Dennis, MS, MEP - Western Mass Regional Director of Public Health, DPH
  • Jeanne Galloway, Director of Public Health, West Springfield
  • Joshua A. Garcia - Municipal Services Coordinator, PVPC
  • Wanda L. Givens - Director, Mason Square Health Task Force
  • Angela Kramer, RN - Shared Public Health Nurse for Hampden County local municipalities
  • Nikki Nixon - HCHC Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, PVPC
  • Olivia Peters, RN - Western Region Coordinator - Refugee and Immigrant Health Program, Dept. of Public Health Western Regional Health Office
  • Catherine Ratte - Principal Planner, PVPC
  • Dora Robinson, President/CEO of United Way Pioneer Valley
  • Frank Robinson, PhD, Executive Director - Partners for a Healthier Community, Inc
  • Risa Silverman - Office of Public Health Practice & Outreach & Adjunct Faculty, Division of Community Health Studies School of Public Health and Health Sciences, UMASS
  • Aaron Vega - State Representative of Fifth Hampden District



Program for the Forum
This program includes the agenda, info on county health rankings, bios of panel members and presenters

News and Articles

03 Apr

Hampden County 12 Town Community Health Assessment Final Report Shared Public Health Nurse Program FY14 CIC Grant - EOAF

04 Dec

By The Republican on December 03, 2014 

12 Nov

By Anne-Gerard Flynn | aflynn@repub.com MASSLIVE November 11, 2014

Cover of Springfield Neighborhood Data Atlas
23 Sep

A product of LiveWell Springfield, PVPC produced a data atlas examining the health and well being of the people in Springfield, MA.