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About Us

The Healthy Air Network was established in 2021 by the City of Springfield, the City of Holyoke, the Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts, Live Well Springfield, PV Asthma Coalition, ReGreen Springfield, the Earthwatch Institute, and the Yale School of Public Health. The Hitchcock Center for the Environment joined our collaboration in 2022. In 2023, the Massachusetts Asthma Action Partnership convened by Health Resources in Action, received funding to join the network and expand throughout Massachusetts and New England.

Our goals:

  • Provide live air quality data directly to families across the valley, so that community residents can make informed decisions on how they spend their day
  • Analyze data to understand what are the sources of air pollution 
  • Advocate for changes to address poor air quality and the health inequities that are related to air pollution

Together we can use the air network to support collective efforts in policy and environment projects and to ensure we all have access to healthy air.

Funding for the network has been provided by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office’s Environmental Protection Division, Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Program, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Community Resident Advisors

Our Healthy Air Network in Western Massachusetts is led by a group of Community Resident Advisors who provide guidance to ensure that the process, actions, outcomes will be informed by voices of the community members most impacted by poor air quality.

Resident Advisors Dec 2022
Resident Advisors, December 2022

Community Partners

Krystal Pollitt
Associate Professor
Yale School of Public Health
Sarita Hudson
Director of Programs and Development
Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts
David Bloniarz
President
ReGreen Springfield
Anna Woodroof
Senior Program Manager & Sustainability Specialist
Earthwatch Institute
Dong Gao
Post-Doctoral Fellow
Yale School of Public Health
Samantha Hamilton
Senior Manager of Community Engagement
Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts
Alexander Sherman
City Forester
City of Springfield
Yoni Glogower
Conservation & Sustainability Director
City of Holyoke
Francheska Bermudez
Project Coordinator
Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts
Billy Spitzer
Executive Director
Hitchcock Center for the Environment