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RV 2015: Back to the Future: Considering Health (Again) in Project Development by Lyssa Leitner


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Two centuries ago, the synergies between the development of cities and public health were evident -- even lifesaving: Better infrastructure prevented infectious diseases. Land use ordinances protected citizens from hazardous industrial exposures. During the 20th century, the disciplines drifted apart. Today health has, once again, become an extremely important element in building livable communities. How can you measure how your project impacts the health of a community? Health impact assessments (HIAs) are innovative tools. Learn how to incorporate an HIA into your existing decision-making processes, increase interdepartmental collaboration and strengthen community engagement initiatives. In addition, gain usable experience from two HIA case studies in Florida and Minnesota: a transit alternatives analysis and a station area plan.

Moderator: Thomas Waldron, Transit Market Sector Director, HDR, New York, New York
Lyssa Leitner, Transportation Planner, Washington County, Stillwater, Minnesota
Gabriella Arismendi, Transportation Planner, MetroPlan, Orlando, Florida
Michael Musso, Senior Project Manager and Risk Assessor, HDR, Mahwah, New Jersey

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RV 2015: Back to the Future: Considering Health (Again) in Project Development by Lyssa Leitner

  1. 1. Lyssa Leitner, Washington County, Minnesota Considering Health (Again) in Project Development: The Gateway Corridor BRT Story
  2. 2. Gateway Corridor Goals
  3. 3. 2010-2012 Alternatives Analysis 2013 – 2016 Environmental Impact Statement 2016 – 2020 Engineering 2020 – 2022 Construction 2015 – Health Impact Assessment       We are here
  4. 4. What do we want the future to look like?
  5. 5. Focused  on  developing  tools  to  help  inform  land   use  decisions  in  Gateway  Corridor  ci9es,  from  a   public  health  perspec9ve   Gateway  HIA
  6. 6. Outreach EIS
  7. 7. Outreach
  8. 8. Stakeholder 
 & Public 
 Plan Gateway  and   Public  Health  Staff   Saint  Paul  –  Ramsey   Community  Health   Services  Advisory   Commi=ee   Living  Healthy  in   Washington  County   Technical   Advisory   Commi=ee   Community   Advisory   Commi=ee   Policy  Advisory   Commitee   Public Engagement Public Engagement
  9. 9. What are the most important elements for creating healthier communities? Mixed use development Housing for all (ages/income) Office Jobs Retail Public Services Health Care Owner-occupied housing Rental housing Sidewalks Bike trails Connecting bus Parking Safe routes to school Safe routes to school Parks Water features Wildlife habitat Air quality Access to healthy food Personal safety Access to education Community gathering location Access to cultural facilities Living wage jobs Physical  AcBvity    
  10. 10. Elements for Health Consideration Connectivity Jobs Housing Safety
  11. 11. Environmental Impact Statement
  12. 12. NEPA Any “major federal action significantly affecting the quality of the human environment” must undergo an evaluation and public disclosure of its environmental effects “ecological, aesthetic, historic, cultural, economic, social, or health, whether direct, indirect, or cumulative”
  13. 13. 42
 EIS’s Less than ½ mention health
  14. 14. Is bringing health into an EIS the right approach?
  15. 15. Lyssa Leitner, Washington County, Minnesota 651-430-4300