Rochester Waterfront Revitalization Plan

At a Glance:

Location: Rochester, New York

Date: 2013

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

Determinants of Health: clean air, nutrition, active transportation, parks, clean water, physical activity, thriving natural world

Affected Population: N/A

Research Methods: Literature review, Primary research, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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This HIA, conducted by the University of Rochester, supplemented the development of the city of Rochester’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP) with health-related community engagement, data collection, and analysis. The LWRP will help inform city, private, state, and federal decisions affecting area waterways and shorelines into the next decade and will guide land and water use, development, transportation, and management of natural resources in this area. As a member of the Waterfront Advisory Committee—which includes a range of government agencies and community-based organizations—the University of Rochester sought to incorporate health considerations into the plan’s goals, scope, and recommendations. The HIA focused on how the LWRP could affect the health of nearby residents, visitors to the waterfront, and the general population. Pathways explored include opportunities for physical activity and water quality. 


The city of Rochester included the HIA as supporting documentation in its final program submission to the state. As a result of the HIA process, the LWRP now includes health equity as a key goal.

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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