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Public Health Institute Of Western MA Receives $600,000 Kresge Grant

Planet Earth

      Efforts to combat climate change and to improve health equity in the largest city in western Massachusetts are getting a boost from a private philanthropy.

      The Kresge Foundation has awarded the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts a $600,000 grant to advance the work of the Live Well Springfield Climate Justice Coalition.

       The members of the coalition advocate for policies to address the climate crisis and to reduce health risks in low-income communities.

      WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Jessica Collins, Executive Director of the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.
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