South Thornton Revitalization Subarea Plan

At a Glance:

Location: City of Thornton, Colorado

Date: 2012

Vital Condition: Basic Needs for Health and Safety, Belonging and Civic Muscle, Reliable Transportation

Determinants of Health: food access, healthcare access, neighborhood safety, nutrition, belonging and civic muscle, active transportation, parks, transit system, physical activity, nutrition

Research Methods: Qualitative research, Quantitative research

Community Types: urban

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In 2011, a Colorado-based nonprofit conducted an HIA to determine the impact of South Thornton’s revitalization subarea plan on healthy eating and active living. The HIA focused on key indicators derived from the Healthy Development Measurement Tool: public infrastructure and access to goods and services; social connections and communication; and transportation options. Potential health outcomes of this plan included changes in overweight and obesity; certain cancers; health disease; diabetes; and stroke. The HIA determined that the revitalization plan would have positive health outcomes and offered recommendations to strengthen health impacts. Community-driven findings related to increasing multi-modal transportation connectivity, and safety and image through the vitalization plan were included in the final report, presented before city council, and ultimately informed the city’s implementation efforts.

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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