260848 Utilizing participatory approaches to inform a health impact assessment of a city's revitalization plan

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 10:50 AM - 11:10 AM

Mondi Mason, PhD, MPH , Omnigent, LLC, Denver, CO
Beth Wyatt, MPH , Community Enterprise, Commerce City, CO
Karla Chavez, MArch, MURP , Community Enterprise, Commerce City, CO
Lisa Schott, MURP , Community Enterprise, Commerce City, CO
Karen Widomski, MURP , City Development - Planning and Zoning, City of Thornton, Thornton, CO
Health impact assessments (HIA) are a rapidly emerging practice and are increasingly being used to evaluate potential public health impacts of municipal planning and policy efforts. Developing “people-centered, low technology approaches” to conducting HIA's have been called for. In 2011, a HIA was conducted to determine the impact of a western city's revitalization subarea plan on healthy eating, active living. Throughout the HIA, an extensive community-based participatory approach called an action oriented community diagnosis (AOCD) process was used. The AOCD process emphasizes assessing, action planning, and contributing to community capacity building; not merely identifying problems or community needs. Over a nine-month period, community members were engaged in two of the key HIA steps - assessing risks and benefits, and developing recommendations through a variety of AOCD strategies (e.g., advisory committee, neighborhood tours, walkability/bikeability assessments, community mapping and community forums). The HIA team worked with over 130 community members to inform the HIA. Community-driven findings related to increasing multi-modal transportation connectivity, and safety and image through the vitalization plan were included in the final report, presented before city council, and ultimately informed the city's implementation efforts. The purpose of this presentation is to: 1) describe the AOCD strategies used in the HIA; 2) highlight strengths and challenges of community engagement in HIA processes; and 3) discuss lessons learned.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain multiple participatory strategies to engage community members in a health impact assessment process

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Community Health Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the principal for the work being presented and have conducted multiple CBPR projects.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.