Vancouver Comprehensive Plan Revision

At a Glance:

Location: Vancouver, Washington

Date: 2011

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

Determinants of Health: food access, nutrition, active transportation, physical activity, food access

Affected Population: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, Children and Youth, Older Adults, People Living in Poverty

Research Methods: Literature review, Qualitative research

Community Types: urban

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Clark County Public Health conducted a rapid HIA to examine the potential health impacts of Vancouver, Washington’s comprehensive plan revision. The HIA focused on two determinants of health: physical activity and access to healthy food. The HIA found that the proposed planning, policy and zoning changes will likely have positive impacts on the community by promoting greater walkability and increased access to healthy food. The HIA made several recommendations, including management of parking to encourage active transportation and efficient land use; promoting physical activity with enhanced street grid connectivity and more through-routes; and promoting opportunities to grow food in home and community gardens.

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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