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HI-5 Stories from Public Health Innovators

Public Health Innovators Beanner, Smart investments, working partnerships, better health in 5 years.

HI-5 community-wide approaches can improve health in the places where we live, learn, work, and play.  Learn how public health innovators are working with multisector partners, bringing data to the table and convening stakeholders in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri.


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Introducing or expanding public transportation is a HI-5 intervention that helps people reach everyday destinations, such as jobs, schools, healthy food outlets and healthcare facilities, safely and reliably.   Find out more about how transit agencies and public health work together:

New partnerships emerged in Maricopa County, AZ, when transportation and planning agencies conducted a health impact assessment for a proposed transit expansion.

San Francisco, CA reduced its transit barriers for disabled, elderly, and lower-income patients trying to reach their healthcare appointments by providing paratransit services to supplement buses and trains.

In Denver CO, a local community foundation facilitated the process of expanding light rail in a vulnerable neighborhood, by training residents and transit officials to communicate effectively with each other.

Florida is meeting the transportation needs of a diverse population, from rural to urban, from millennials to retirees, by offering a menu of multimodal transit options tailored to the needs of different communities.

By replacing an old overpass with a pedestrian-friendly boulevard that provides access to light rail, Massachusetts is tackling the problem of mending crumbling infrastructure, while increasing mobility and access to jobs, schools, and healthcare.

Minnesota made it easier for people to get to and from transit stops easily by improving accommodations for biking and walking, reducing health and transportation inequities in the process.

On the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Hurricane Katrina devastated infrastructure, but also presented an opportunity for the local health department and transit agency to partner to build new modes of active and mass transit.

When Columbia, Missouri’s county transportation department overhauled its outdated public transit system, they turned to the county health department for a health impact assessment that could help in the transit planning process.