About

We are 100% Resident Driven!

The Cranston Health Equity Zone, one of 11 in the state funded by the Rhode Island Department of Health, was created in 2019 as a resident-driven initiative aimed at addressing the root causes of health disparities primarily in the Arlington, Stadium, and Laurel Hill neighborhoods.

OneCranston and the Cranston Health Equity Zone merged in 2020 to become the OneCranston Health Equity Zone. Health equity means that everyone has a just opportunity to be healthy. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, racism, and their consequences, including powerlessness and insufficient access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and healthcare.

HEZ Cranston - Resident Driven Program

OneCranston, A Working Cities Challenge funded by the Federal reserve Bank of Boston, was created in 2017 with a goal of increasing social and civic engagement among residents, bringing public, private, and non-profit organizations together with community members to deliberate, collaborate, and connect with one another as they improve their neighborhoods; address important “opportunity gaps” for youth; increase access to employment and post-secondary opportunities; and ultimately address system related issues that contribute to persistent socioeconomic disparities in the city while addressing equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Mission:

Advocate and collaborate for policies, programs, and mindset that will create a healthier and more equitable Cranston.

Vision:

All feel welcomed to live in a cohesive and unified Cranston and are empowered to participate alongside community organizations, city government, education and healthcare to create and support more equitable solutions for all residents.

Values:

Resident-driven, Equal Voice, Transparency, Collective Impact, Empathetic, Respect, Strengths-based Approach, Education, Sustainability

Our collaborative consists of 12 community residents and 12 stakeholders: