Reinvent Phoenix HIA

A HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON TRANSPORTATION-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT

Reinvent Phoenix was a collaborative partnership between the City of Phoenix, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, St. Luke’s Health Initiatives (SLHI), Arizona State University and local organizations committed to growing a sustainable city. Working with community partners along the light rail system, the goal of this project was to reimagine – and redesign – parts of the Phoenix urban area by creating action plans to improve the quality of life for all residents. Neighborhoods along the rail line were grouped into five districts according to their character. A primary objective for this project was to understand how “reinventing” Phoenix would impact the health of the communities along the light rail and develop strategies that address negative impacts while supporting positive health outcomes. Recommendations and preliminary plans call for improving walkability and bikability, access to healthy food, and sustainable, equitable housing options in five districts along the light rail line. Reinvent Phoenix recommendations are working their way through city government.

Catalyze Research and Consulting partnered with St. Luke’s Health Initiative, a public health non-profit that led the five Health Impact Assessments focusing primarily on underserved populations within each district. Catalyze supported community engagement efforts including facilitation, conducted research including data collection and analysis, managed GIS mapping and other components of the project, assisted in report writing, and produced the final reports for dissemination.

To read the full HIA reports for each district, please go to http://slhi.org/reinventing-neighborhoods/

Below is a video compiled by St. Luke’s Health Initiative capturing the relevance of a Health Impact Assessment for the Reinvent Phoenix project.

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