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.
- 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.