Proctor Creek’s Boone Boulevard Green Street

At a Glance:

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Date: 2015

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Meaningful Work and Wealth, Reliable Transportation, Thriving Natural World

Determinants of Health: clean air, neighborhood safety, traffic safety, meaningful work and wealth, clean water, built environment

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, People Living in Poverty, People with Mental Health Conditions

Research Methods: Literature review, Quantitative research, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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Proctor Creek in the Atlanta metropolitan area has been placed on the impaired waters list because it does not meet state water quality standards for fecal coliform. The topography, prevalence of impervious surfaces in the watershed, and strains on the combined sewer system have contributed to pervasive flooding in the communities along Proctor Creek and created environmental, public health, economic, and redevelopment issues.

An HIA conducted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency examined impacts on the low-income, minority community within a half-mile of the proposed Boone Boulevard Green Street Project to address some of the community’s needs. The HIA considered the project’s potential effect on a number of health determinants, including water quality, flood management, climate, air quality, traffic safety, nature contact, noise exposure, accessibility, crime, social capital, and household and community economics. Key recommendations included ongoing community engagement in all phases of the Boone Boulevard Green Street Project and support for advocacy groups representing the needs of the community members.

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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