Health Impact Assessment
Bear River Health Department
The citywide bicycle and pedestrian master plan HIA was commissioned through a grant with the State of Utah Department of Health and Welfare and carried out with the Bear River Health Department. The subject plan was recently conducted with the City of Logan who was eager to learn more about how their plan addressed health, how it could be improved using the lens of health, and how to bolster the presence of the plan through new relationships with representatives from the many public health realms. The results of the effort included a reprioritizing of recommended trail segments, retiming of intersection pedestrian countdown signals, and accelerated investment in areas of Logan with clear indications of challenging socioeconomic status conditions. Stakeholders brought into the process included the City, the County, Bear River Health Department, police department, association of governments, downtown alliance, Intermountain Hospital, the school district, MPO and, a senior housing representative.
Healthy Conditions Assessment
Blue Cross Foundation of Idaho
Kendra Witt-Doyle, PhD
Vitruvian Planning recently completed the first of its kind, Health Conditions Assessment. The project is a hybrid of a Health Impact Assessment and a Comprehensive Plan which was funded by the Blue Cross Foundation of Idaho. The project is a revolutionary effort that uses Census tract data to determine problematic tracts or “hot spots”, followed by meticulous on the ground field work and extensive local stakeholder interviews.Read More
Major themes unearthed during the project include inequity in the Hispanic communities especially around transportation issues such as accidental deaths mostly from vehicle crashes, poor food access due to a lack of transportation infrastructure, challenges with affordable housing and lack of transportation options, specifically around transit, bicycle facilities and minimal marked crosswalks.
Additional findings during the project specific to the transportation realm included:
- Pedestrian countdown signals which failed to meet minimum MUTCD requirements,
- Numerous residential streets posted at 35 miles per hour,
- Bus stops on opposite sides of major arterial roads without marked or protected crossings for vast distances, Schools with low student walking rates due to campuses being flanked by multilane busy roads,
A nearly 10 year old bicycle and pedestrian plan that has seen less than 30% of recommended projects implemented.
Results specific to transportation have included re-timing of all signals and crosswalks, a newly revised transit system with routes that better access neighborhoods of need, the creation of a food shuttle route, and possible funding for crossing guards for elementary schools. In addition, discussions have begun to craft statewide messaging campaigns towards Hispanic or Latino populations.
MountainWise Regional Health Impact Assessment
Region 1 Coordinator
The first assessment of its kind in the United States, the MountainWise HIA evaluated eight county Comprehensive Plans and county Health Department initiatives to determine their collective impacts on citizens’ health. MountainWise is all of the Western North Carolina region and is facilitated by Macon County Public Health and is supported by each of the Health Departments within the region. The project included many deliverables including but not limited to:
- A “hot spot” analysis using social determinants of health like income, race, and housing costs to isolate individual neighborhoods for future initiatives.
- Determining specific and necessary land use and transportation planning tools to strengthen comprehensive plans and the associated policy structures.
- A new health element inserted into each County’s Comprehensive Plan that detailed specific plan, programming, policy or project initiatives addressing each of the Seven Dimensions of Health and Wellness.
Walk Audit Assessment
- Coeur d’Alene, Idaho Sherman Avenue
- Plummer, Worley, DeSmet, Idaho
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska
- Shiloh Neighborhood, Asheville, North Carolina
Healthy Conditions Assessments
- Nampa, Idaho
- Caldwell, Idaho
Health Impact Assessments
- Logan, Utah (Greenways & Trails)
- Nampa, Idaho
- Caldwell, Idaho
- Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska (Transit Plan)
- Blaine County, Idaho
- High Point, North Carolina
- Morrisville, North Carolina
- Robbinsville, North Carolina (Pedestrian Connectivity Plan)
- Haywood County, North Carolina
- MountainWise, Western North Carolina *Click to View*
- Boise, Idaho (Bown Crossing Library)
- Davidson, North Carolina (Parks, Recreation & Open Space Plan)
- Union County, North Carolina (Parks & Recreation Plan)
- Capital Area MPO North Carolina (Northeast Area Study