Online Program

Public Health, Urban Planning, and Public Policy Coming Together to Create Change in Urban Environments

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Myra Tetteh, MPP, School of Public Health, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Todd Scott, Detroit Greenways Coalition, Royal Oak, MI
Ron Brundidge, City of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Raquel Castañeda-López, Detroit City Council, Detroit, MI
Marcell Todd Jr., City of Detroit, Detroit, MI
Lana Zaghmout, JD, Detroit City Council - Office of Council Member Castañeda-López, Detroit, MI
As the city of Detroit works to rediscover its greatness, the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative (DFFC) participates in the progress towards building a better city and stronger region.  Part of the DFFC work includes the creation and passage of a complete streets ordinance. 

We will discuss the process of creating the ordinance, which started with bringing together a coalition representing multiple disciplines, including elected officials, and experts in public works, urban planning, and public health to determine the components of an ordinance.  Furthermore, we will discuss how we worked within the confines of the changing landscape of the city of Detroit as it was experiencing other significant concerns requiring immediate attention, namely safety, service provision, and employment.  We will share our lessons learned during the process and how we used the John Kingdon Framework for Policy Analysis, which includes the problem definition, proposed policy solutions, building political receptivity, and identification of predictable policy windows all to get the ordinance passed.  Lastly, we will discuss how urban communities experiencing disinvestment can best frame a complete streets ordinance for their community to make it part of the revitalization process all while improving health of the residents.

We will share stories of Detroit residents who have utilized built environment amenities and have reduced their dependence on medication to manage chronic conditions. We will discuss how a coalition’s focus can evolve to better meet community needs. We will describe how to accomplish built environment-related health policies in the context of pressing community issues.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the importance of building a multi-disciplinary coalition for health policy wins; Describe how to apply the Kingdon Framework for Policy Analysis to obtain their policy wins; and Describe how to implement successful changes in frequent changing government structures.

Keyword(s): Built Environment, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Myra M. Tetteh is a native Detroiter. Currently, Ms. Tetteh is a doctoral student at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education with a research focus of the built environment and public health. In addition to Ms. Tetteh's educational endeavors, she is also the Detroit Food and Fitness Collaborative Active Living Work Group Co-Chair and the Lead Convener of the Detroit Complete Streets Coalition.
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.