From: Community Access project <CAPSom@verizon.net>Subject: Fwd: The March 23rd Surgeon Generals Press Conference is being...
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CAPS writes to State officials: March 23rd Surgeon General's press conference is being held in an inaccessible facility. somerville's armory is still inaccessible”

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Somerville's Mayor Joseph E. Curtatone Attempts to have the U.S. Surgeon General Launch a Statewide Event At an Inaccessible Facility.

But, State officials do the right thing and respond immediately to the factual, verifiable information presented in this letter.

Original MAPC announcement (March 21, 2012) included in document.

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CAPS writes to State officials: March 23rd Surgeon General's press conference is being held in an inaccessible facility. somerville's armory is still inaccessible”

  1. 1. From: Community Access project <CAPSom@verizon.net>Subject: Fwd: The March 23rd Surgeon Generals Press Conference is being held in an inaccessible facility. Somervilles ARMORY IS STILL INACCESSIBLE Date: March 29, 2012 11:43:28 AM EDT 1 Attachment, 53.0 KBBegin forwarded message: From: Community Access project <CAPSom@verizon.net> Date: March 21, 2012 6:56:11 PM EDT To: judyann.bigby@State.MA.US, christine.griffin@State.MA.US, kito@mapc.org, marcaya@mapc.org Subject: The March 23rd Surgeon Generals Press Conference is being held in an inaccessible facility. Somervilles ARMORY IS STILL INACCESSIBLE March 21, 2012 Bottom Line on Top: You have scheduled the Surgeon Generals Press Conference (announcement copied below) in an inaccessible location. Please move the March 23, 2012 U.S. Surgeon Generals Press Conference on the Middlesex County Public Health Community Transformation Grant to an ACCESSIBLE FACILITY. Dear Assistant Secretary Christine Griffen, EOHHS Office of Disability Policy and Programs, Cheryl Bartlett, Director, Bureau of Community Health and Prevention (BCHAP), Division of Prevention and Wellness, Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH), and friends at MAPC, The Community Access Project, Somerville, received information today that the U.S. Surgeon Generals Press Conference on the Middlesex County Public Health Community Transformation Grant is being held at the Somerville Armory. The Somerville Armory facility is inaccessible at the door, due to the excessively steep ramp plus an excessively steep door threshold. PLEASE MOVE THIS EVENT TO AN ACCESSIBLE VENUE IMMEDIATELY. Somervilles Mayor Curtatone, who announced on air yesterday that he is advising the
  2. 2. First Lady on the Lets Move Initiative, well knows that the Armory facility, and all of theprograms, opportunities, and events held there- has been nonfunctional, unusable, andinaccessible to an entire class of individuals; namely, persons with mobility andambulatory disAbilities-since it opened in 2009. It will remain an exclusive facility untilthese issues are resolved.The Armory owners are currently paying a $500 fine per day because they failed tocomply with the State Architectural Access Boards Order to remedy these issues ofnoncompliance by June 15, 2011.If you require more information verifying that the ARMORY IS CURRENTLY ANINACCESSIBLE FACILITY, please contact the State Architectural Access Board, Mr.Thomas Hopkins, Executive Director, MA Architectural Access Board, One Ashburtonplace, Room 1310, Boston, MA 02108. 617-727-0660. Please ask for informationregarding: AAB Docket #V09-197 and C10-059, The Armory 191 Highland Avenue,Somerville, MA.This mistake, right from the start, highlights an important gap in the visioning of Mass inMotion; and, the ongoing enormous disparities that persons with disAbilities face inaccessing Health Prevention & Wellness programs even in Massachusetts.PLEASE MOVE THIS EVENT TO AN ACCESSIBLE VENUE IMMEDIATELY.Please acknowledge that you have received this message.Thank You.Eileen Feldman, directorCommunity Access Project, SomervilleCAPSom@verizon.netQuality isnt possible without Equality
  3. 3. Friday, March 23, 2012 MIDDLESEX COUNTY RECEIVES $1.6 MILLION PUBLIC HEALTH GRANT U.S. Surgeon General to anounce funding in Somerville on FridayThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded the Massachusetts Department of Health a $1.57 million Community Transformation Grant to promote health and wellness in Middlesex County. United States Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, will formally launch the grants activities at a press conference on the anniversary of the Affordable Care Act: March 23, 2012 10:30 a.m. The Somerville Armory 191 Highland Avenue Directions The grant will help reduce death and disability in the county from health-relatedfactors such as poor nutrition, a lack of physical activity, and smoking. Work will focus on expanding efforts in tobacco-free housing, active living and healthy eating, quality clinical and other preventive services, social and emotional wellness, and healthy and safe physical environments.The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) collaborated with the MassachusettsDepartment of Public Health (MDPH) in applying for the Community Transformation Grant. This grant allows for the expansion of MDPHs "Mass in Motion" initiative, which works to reduced obesity and supports MDPHs smoking cessation and prevention activities. MAPC will assist with program coordination in Middlesex County, providing grant coordination, technical assistance, and direct community funding and program management. MAPC will also manage some subcontracts, directly including youth interventions, clinical interventions, mini-grants and some technical assistance providers. Fridays event will showcase some of the grants leading projects and partners. Cities and towns involved in the Community Transformation Grant include Lowell, Everett, Malden, Medford, Waltham, Cambridge, Framingham,Marlborough, Hudson, Arlington, Belmont, Newton, Watertown, Melrose- Wakefield, Somerville, Stoneham, and Reading. Join us Friday to learn more.
  4. 4. Join us Friday to learn more. RSVP now!Questions? Contact MAPC Public Health Manager Mariana Arcaya atmarcaya@mapc.org or 617-451-2770 ext. 2050.

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