The Urban Initiative has added another project to our portfolio this month. Yesterday, we kicked off a study of the United Way (of Greater New Bedford) Hunger Commission’s operations and impact that will continue through the semester. We’re excited about this project for a few reasons: it represents our first partnership with the United Way of Greater New Bedford, it’s likely to have a positive impact on the Hunger Commission’s efforts to feed the region’s hungry, and the project is being managed by our second year graduate research assistant, Bob Golder. What that all boils down to is that this project is a perfect fit for our mission. We look forward to providing updates over the next few months.
In addition to this new endeavor, we’re also working on:
- the evaluation of LifeWork, which continues through the summer;
- the needs assessment of SouthCoast Veterans, in partnership with the Veteran’s Transition House;
- the fine-tuning of a website that will serve as a dashboard for the region’s public health community;
- the development of an evaluation plan for a New Bedford Health Department campaign; and
- supporting students in Professor Gloria De Sa’s Urban Sociology course in their efforts to conduct community-based research (more on that later).