At a Glance:

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Date: 2014

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Humane Housing, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: food access, healthcare access, clean air, neighborhood safety, nutrition, belonging and civic muscle, affordable housing, active transportation, parks, clean water, physical activity, housing, complete communities

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Literature review, Qualitative research, Quantitative research

Community Types: urban

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The Oklahoma City Planning Department, in partnership with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department and the city Office of Sustainability, conducted an HIA of “planokc,” a comprehensive plan consisting of eight major elements: future land use; transportation; environmental and natural resources; communities; preservation, appearance, and culture; parks and recreation; economic development; and public services. The HIA used these elements as health indicators in the analysis of three scenarios.

The HIA identified many opportunities in each scenario to improve health in Oklahoma City. Key components of all scenarios that would probably have positive impacts on the health of the community are: creating more opportunities for walking and biking; improving the availability of fresh produce; and increasing access to parks and schools.

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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