Healthy Neighborhoods for a Healthy Detroit

At a Glance:

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Date: 2015

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Humane Housing, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, neighborhood safety, belonging and civic muscle, meaningful work and wealth, affordable housing, clean water, housing, complete communities

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Primary research, Literature review, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center conducted a health impact assessment to inform the Detroit Future City’s Strategic Framework, a plan to guide land use planning for the city.

The HIA addressed the potential impact on high-vacancy neighborhoods of the framework’s proposals for public lighting and blight removal. The report presented evidence-based recommendations to minimize risks and maximize benefits for health, including adopting responsible demolition standards, producing and preserving affordable housing and protections for homeowners and renters, and requiring that large-scale development proposals feature plans and resources to promote healthy neighborhoods and equity.

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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