Bown Crossing Branch Library

At a Glance:

Location: Boise, Idaho

Date: 2016

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle

Determinants of Health: nutrition, parks, belonging and civic muscle, physical activity, belonging and civic muscle

Affected Population: Children and Youth, Older Adults

Research Methods: Qualitative research, Quantitative research, Literature review

Community Types: suburban, urban

Click to expand map

Vitruvian Planning LLC conducted a rapid HIA on behalf of Boise, Idaho, that analyzed the potential health effects of building a new library in the Bown Crossing neighborhood. The study examined the impacts of programming or services offered at the library, with a focus on youth and older adults, and of the location selection.


The report determined that the library’s site and planned layout would be likely to benefit the health of nearby residents and patrons. The proposed location is convenient to thousands of residents, situated near three elementary schools, two high schools, two main avenues, and three residential communities. The library plans include outdoor green spaces to promote social cohesion and emotional health, and bicycle racks and pathways to encourage access through active transportation. Furthermore, the facility is projected to attract visitors to the Bown Crossing area, potentially bolstering the community’s economic health.


  • Use indoor and outdoor spaces for library-organized activities.
  • Conduct direct outreach efforts to engage senior community members.
  • Continually seek feedback from library patrons and nearby residents to better design programming and services that meet their needs and interests.
  • Work with local health care providers to host outreach events, clinics, or other public health interventions.

This Health Impact Assessment Report first appeared in The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health. The Cross-Sector Toolkit for Health was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The creation of this resource was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Assessment Reports

Explore More on Community Commons

Embed Card

You can use the following link to embed this card into another website.