Healthy Community Design Initiative: Recent Accomplishments
Fund the biannual Bicycling and Walking in the United States Benchmarking Report ( http://www.peoplepoweredmovement.org/site/index.php/site/
memberservices/bicycling_and_walking_benchmarking_project/), an ongoing effort from the Alliance for Biking & Walking to collect and analyze data on bicycling and walking in all 50 states and at least the 50 most-populated U.S. cities. The report has become an important reference for decision makers. Since 2007:
- More than 14,000 copies have been distributed.
- At least 42 jurisdictions have used it as a reference to consider policy changes and inform stakeholders.
Funded the American Planning Association’s Comprehensive Planning for Public Health: Results of the Planning and Community Health Research Center. This report highlights the results of a web-based survey used to identify draft and adopted comprehensive and sustainability plans that explicitly address public health ( http://www.planning.org/research/publichealth/index.htm).
Developed community design questions for the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Housing Survey (http://www.census.gov/hhes/www/housing/ahs/ahs.html) and CDC Division of Adolescent and School Health’s School Health Policies and Practices Study (http://www.census.gov/programs-surveys/ahs/#), and worked with them to ensure their inclusion in upcoming national surveys.
Developed community design indicators for CDC's National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network.