Bristol Health Equity Zone

Who We Are

In the summer of 2021, East Bay Community Action Program became the backbone agency for the Bristol Health Equity Zone (HEZ) grant from the RI Department of Health (RIDOH). The Bristol Health Equity Zone, which was established in 2016, is a place-based initiative created to reduce and eliminate current health disparities and barriers to wellness. Through collaboration, we work to empower residents with the skills needed to create community change.

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Community stakeholders play an important role in improving the health and wellness of their fellow neighbors and city residents.


Bristol residents and representatives from various community organizations have formed work groups to address the following initiatives:

  • Personal Health and Wellness
  • Physical Activity
  • Substance Use, Awareness and Prevention
  • Food and Nutrition
  • Suicide Prevention


The collaborative is representative of the Bristol community and state-wide alliances. The Bristol HEZ values community input and buy-in.

Collaborating Partners

  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Bayside YMCA
  • Behavioral Health Link (BH Link)
  • Benjamin Church Senior Center
  • BHEZ Working Group Champions and Residents
  • Bristol Parks and Recreation Department
  • Bristol Police Department
  • Bristol Prevention Coalition
  • Bristol Rotary Club
  • Bristol Warren Regional School District
  • Bristol Warren Education Foundation
  • Bristol Warren Thrive by Five and Beyond
  • Common Pub and Grille
  • East Bay Community Action Program* Backbone Agency
  • East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop
  • East Bay Recovery Center
  • East Bay Regional Coalition
  • East Providence HEZ
  • Franklin Court Independent Living
  • Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCP)
  • Matthew Patton Foundation
  • R.E.S.T. (Resources Education Support Together)
  • Rhode Island Department of Health
  • Roger Williams University
  • Rogers Free Library
  • Stone Coast Community Church
  • Town of Bristol
  • Warren HEZ

Join Us

We’re looking for members. We invite local residents, community organizations, and businesses to join our working groups. If you would like to be a part of this exciting project, please contact us at

Current Areas of Focus

It is our hope that a focus on these action areas will help us continue the community work needed to address health inequities and build a stronger Bristol.

Education and Information Sharing

Increase community awareness of available resources across social, health, educational, and financial areas.

Community Resilience

Develop neighborhood-based networks that can quickly respond to community needs and emergency situations.

Support Health and Wellness

Enhance the availability of programs and resources that support the needs of all residents and bolster physical activity, healthy relationships, and healthy eating habits.

Increase Access to Health Services

Reduce barriers to accessing health services, specifically mental and behavioral health.

Awarded Grants

Preschool Development

This grant aims to increase reach and access to home-based young childhood education services to serve local families.

COVID-19 Support

The Bristol HEZ received funding to address outreach and education due to the on-going pandemic. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact us for resources. Also, visit for more resources.

CDC Community Health Worker Grant 

The Bristol HEZ received funding to address outreach and education due to the on-going pandemic. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact us for resources. Also, visit for more resources.


Rally4Recovery Flyer


Follow Us

Bristol Health Equity Zone (@bristolhez) • Instagram photos and videos


January 2024 Bristol HEZ Newsletter

September 2023 Bristol HEZ Newsletter

March 2023 Bristol HEZ Newsletter

Reports and Assessments

June 2022 – July 2023 End of Year Report

June 2021 – July 2022 End of Year Report

Summary of Findings

Baseline Assessment of Health Needs in the Community

Baseline Assessment of Health Needs in the Community – Student Version


Other Related Programs

East Providence Health Equity Zone

The HEZ serves the city of East Providence by mobilizing residents, community organizations, local government and health entities to collectively work toward responding to the health priorities identified by community members.

Warren Health Equity Zone

Warren HEZ wants to hear your thoughts if you live, work, or play in Warren, Rhode Island. Please click the link below to share your feedback! Community Health Survey Who We Are Established in July 2021, the Warren Health Equity Zone (HEZ) is a place-based collaborative created to reduce and eliminate health disparities and barriers...