This HIA, a collaboration between the Healthy Places program at Columbus Public Health and the Department of Development’s Planning Division, looked at six key recommendations from a proposed area plan for northeast Columbus. It explored the impacts these recommendations might have on physical activity, air pollution, mental health, social capital (the relationships between people living in the neighborhood) and, ultimately, health issues such as chronic disease, obesity and pedestrian injury rates. The HIA recommended specific implementation strategies for each of the six key area plan policies, including mixed-use planning and complete street tactics that capitalize on existing community centers, job centers, parks and bike trails.
One of the most important outcomes of this effort was strengthened relationship and on-going collaboration between two city departments.
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.