Pioneer Square Neighborhood Plan

At a Glance:

Location: Seattle, Washington

Date: 2014

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Humane Housing, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Reliable Transportation

Determinants of Health: healthcare access, neighborhood safety, meaningful work and wealth, affordable housing, active transportation, housing, complete communities

Affected Population: People Experiencing Homelessness, People Living in Poverty, People with Mental Health Conditions

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

Community Types: urban

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A graduate class at the University of Washington conducted an HIA of the Pioneer Square 2015 plan, A Strategy for Seattle’s First Neighborhood. Pioneer Square, Seattle’s original neighborhood, is home to a large percentage of the city’s mentally ill, disabled, and homeless individuals and families. The HIA considered the connections between neighborhood characteristics, such as vacant buildings; perceptions of crime and safety; ongoing construction activities; walkability; and mental, physical, and social health outcomes. The HIA provided recommendations related to access to community services, social and economic issues, mobility, and environmental health.

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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