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Prof. Patrice Williams was part of a two-part podcast episode discussing the Healthy Neighborhoods Study, a seven-year multidisciplinary, multi-site participatory action research (PAR) project focused on neighborhood change, climate-related exposures, community resilience, and health equity in nine low-income, racially/ethnically diverse communities in metropolitan Boston.  

The podcast features the team leading the study and hears their perspectives on neighborhood improvement, community resilience, and the importance of community collaborators as valued voices to inform and lead change within their neighborhoods. Participants also discuss the concept of “naming the player, naming the game”, including how they work to understand the influence of investors and their accountability on neighborhood development projects. 


Irodina Abreu, New Bedford Resident Researcher, Healthy Neighborhoods Study 

Vedette Gavin, Co-PI, Healthy Neighborhoods Study 

Robyn Gibson, Founder/ Principal, R.E.G Solutions, Mattapan Resident Researcher Coordinator, Healthy Neighborhoods Study 

Patrice C. Williams, Assistant Research Professor of Participatory Action Research, Provost Impact Fellow, School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, Northeastern University 


Caryn Bell, Associate Director, P4HE Collaborative, Assistant Professor, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine 

Here are the direct links to the episodes: 

Episode 1:–59751062 

Episode 2:–59751139 

Video Versions (Links can also be found in the overview copy of the podcasts in streaming platforms) 

Ep 1  

Ep 2