Health, Equity, and Justice
Equity, equality, and justice as approaches to a healthier Randolph.
Residents shared their vision for the Community Wellness Plan:
The future Randolph is healthy. All Randolph residents have the opportunity to be healthy and thrive without being disadvantaged by their race, ethnicity, income or other social factors. The Town’s residents, community groups, and leaders are engaged and empowered in acting together toward a shared vision of community health and racial equity articulated in the Randolph Community Wellness Plan. There is sustained capacity for coordinated and strategic action toward improving community health and health equity.
The Town of Randolph is a diverse, vibrant, and culturally rich home to its residents. In order a achieve a future Randolph where health outcomes are not determined by race, ethnicity, income, and other social factors, such diversity and differences must be recognized and celebrated.
The Community Wellness Plan addresses this by engaging with a coalition made up of residents of all different backgrounds and lived experiences. The goals and recommendations in the Plan were lifted up by residents, for residents. By threading equity and justice into our Plan, we are able to drive systemic changes and ensure that there is support in place for our residents to be healthy and to thrive.
These are our Plan Principles:
- Design and implement the initiative with a priority placed on equity
- Include community members in the collaborative
- Recruit and co-create with cross-sector partner
- Use data to continuously learn, adapt, and improve
- Cultivate leaders with unique systems leadership skills
- Focus on program and system strategies
- Build a culture that fosters relationships, trust, and respect across participants
- Customize for the Town of Randolph
- Nearly one-third of Randolph residents are foreign-born, with Vietnamese and Haitian residents making up the largest portion of first-generation residents.
- Randolph's median income is lower than Massachusetts and Norfolk County. Nearly half of public primary and secondary students are economically disadvantaged, compared to 32% statewide.
- Randolph's unemployment rate is 11.7%, which is significantly higher than Massachusetts' (6.8%) and Norfolk County's (6.2%).
- Most households (70%) in Randolph are family households.
- 60% of Randolph residents are people of color, more than double the state average.
- All Randolph neighborhoods meet Environmental Justice criteria.
Social and Physical Environment:
- 75% of Randolph commuters drive without passengers
- 11% carpool
- 10% use public transportation
- Almost no one bikes or walks to work
- 65% of housing units are owner-occupied
- 30% of housing units are occupied by renters
- 72% of housing units are single-family
- 28% of housing units are multifamily
- 57% of renters and 36% of owners are cost-burdened, meaning they pay more than 30% of their incomes toward housing costs
- 53.7% of Randolph residents live within a 10-minute walk of a park
- About 15% of Randolph residents are food insecure