COG Receives Award for Lincoln Healthy Communities Plan1/17/2012
The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Planning Association honored Community Opportunities Group, Inc. with its third chapter award in three years for its work on the Lincoln Community Health Assessment and Planning Project. Completed in July 2010, the plan won the Chapter’s Social Advocacy Award which recognizes a plan that demonstrates strong advocacy planning.
COG worked with a steering committee of residents and town employees to evaluate the town’s existing health-related services and community health needs, including needs that may not be the purview of town government. The planning team used nationally recognized Community Health Principles which define “health” and “community” in the broadest terms. As a result, COG and the steering committee identified physical, mental, social, and spiritual health as four key components of individual and community well-being.
The plan affirms Lincoln’s commitment to authentic public engagement and care for the town’s most vulnerable residents. The town began implementing the plan in November 2010.