Brownsville Neighborhood

At a Glance:

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Date: 2015

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

Determinants of Health: food access, healthcare access, parks, active transportation, neighborhood safety, belonging and civic muscle, belonging and civic muscle

Affected Population: Children and Youth

Research Methods: Primary research, Focus Groups, Qualitative research, Quantitative research, Literature review

Community Types: urban

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Made in Brownsville, a nonprofit based in Brooklyn, New York, conducted a rapid HIA to evaluate the health impacts of three proposed projects in the Brownsville neighborhood: a community culinary center, incubation lab, and entrepreneurship lab. The HIA explored potential effects that could result from changes to social cohesion, access to goods and services, and community safety. The team used community visioning, urban design workshops, and local community participatory mapping workshops to engage residents and civic leaders.

The HIA made several recommendations to strengthen the proposed projects and for use in future redevelopment decision-making. They included cultivating positive relationships among residents, developers, and law enforcement and other security personnel; filling knowledge gaps by documenting the neighborhood’s history since 1970; and recruiting and prioritizing businesses that will employ local residents.

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.

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