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Recommendations for a Healthier Dan River Region - Evan Bradner - 2017 Intern

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Evan worked at DRF with The Health Collaborative to document potential health policy adjustments for the region.

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Recommendations for a Healthier Dan River Region - Evan Bradner - 2017 Intern

  1. 1. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A HEALTHIER DAN RIVER REGION EVAN BRADNER 1
  2. 2. TASK • Complete a health policy scan for the Region • Why Policy? • Make healthier choices an option for all community members • Efficient, long-term impacts. • Compose a series of white papers addressing: • What our local government can do to create a healthy and active region • How community leaders can empower their communities • What citizens can advocate for 2
  3. 3. APPROACH Reach Out • Community Leaders • Physicians • Planners • Teachers • Youth • Urban Farmers Research • Health Determinants • Zoning Codes & Ordinances • Best Practices • Economic Feasibility Recommend • Zoning Amendments • Internal Policy Change • Infrastructure Additions • Healthy Short & Long Term Goals 3
  4. 4. NEED #1: STRONGER LOCAL FOOD NETWORK Develop • Complete urban agriculture code • Allow farm stands/corner store redevelopment • Support for local food hub initiative Integrate • Agriculture, culinary, and food business skill development courses • Code-to-farmer liaison, farmer-to- land liaison Promote • Urban Agriculture and Community Garden Resource Guide • Open conversation between elected officials and local farmers • "Agri-tourism" 4
  5. 5. NEED #2: STRONGER ACCESS TO HEALTHY FOOD Develop • Alleviate food deserts • Farm-to-school initiatives • Veggie vans and home delivery • Ensure local pantries/food banks have healthy options Support • Alternative meal programs • Increased food affordability for seniors and children • “Double up food bucks” • Meal planning, preparation, and preservation education Implement • Resource guide for food donation programs • Equitable and reliable public transportation to grocery stores, farmer's markets, etc. • After school transportation • Up-to-date directory of local options and events 5
  6. 6. NEED #3: STRONGER YOUTH FOUNDATIONS Children • Childhood mental health • School as a resource for children • Engaging afterschool activities • After school safe spaces • Mentorships Teachers • Teacher recruitment and retention policy reform • Administration and teacher cooperation • Teacher internships Families • Increase parental involvement in and out of schools • "Community System of Care" for teenage mothers 6
  7. 7. NEED #4: STRONGER ENVIRONMENT Move • Readdress "Complete Streets" guidelines • Address health, transportation, and safety through design • “Walking School Bus” and “Biking Train” programs Play •Support active transportation infrastructure to promote safe and convenient physical activities, including: •Suitable lighting on all sidewalks, •Cautionary safety roadway crossing signs, •Wide, safe, and connected bicycle lanes and routes Expand • Bike share program • Proper bus stop infrastructure • After school transportation • Strategically crafted and marketed "Master routes" 7
  8. 8. TOP THREE PRIORITIES 8 IMPACT 1. Endorse a health in all policies approach 2. Prioritize community input and engagement in all policies 3. Use policy as a catalyst for change in public health • Stronger local economy • Reduced food insecurity • Healthier youth • More active communities
  9. 9. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A HEALTHIER DAN RIVER REGION EVAN BRADNER 9

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