Creating Healthy Neighborhoods Evidence-Based Planning and Design Strategies
Good housing. Easy transit. Food access. Green spaces. Gathering places. Everybody wants to live in a healthy neighborhood. Bridging the gap between research and practice, it maps out ways for cities and towns to help their residents thrive in placed designed for living well, approaching health from every side – physical mental, and social.
1. Importance: Assess how health matters in this place. 2. Balance: Make healthier places by balancing physical changes with other interventions to appeal to different kinds of people. 3. Vulnerability: Plan and design for those with the most health vulnerabilities and fewest resources for making healthy choices. 4. Layout: Foster multiple dimensions of health through overall neighborhood layout. 5. Access: Provide options for getting around and increasing geographic access. 6. Connection: Create opportunities for people to interact with each other in positive ways. 7. Protection: Reduce harmful exposures at a neighborhood level through a combination of wider policies and regulations along with local actions. 8. Implementation: Coordinate diverse actions over time