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The Community Health Improvement Plan calls for examining and improving active living environments by assessing Safe Routes, increasing bicycle and pedestrian safety, and by conducting health impact assessments.

Health impact assessments help understand parts of the “built environment” which help shape our ability to have an active lifestyle.  For example, public areas to visit, play or exercise require accessible sidewalks and paths, good public amenities, safe streets, and low crime. Each of these components can alter a community’s relationship with the local environment and affect overall health.

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Health Impact Assessments (HIA) are an important strategy in the CHIP. While many think of public health in terms of services and programs, HIAs inform policy and planning. They often have a large, community-level effect on health.

View the full Globeville, Elyria and Swansea Health Impact Assessment (HIA) here. The executive summary of the HIA is available in both English and Spanish. The recommendations in Spanish are available here.

 

Be Healthy Denver completed this HIA in conjunction with Community Planning and Development's neighborhood plan. The report is also available by sections:

 

List of Appendices:

View the Westwood HIA. The executive summary is available in both English and Spanish

The Westwood Neighborhood is primarily residential, with commercial corridors along Morrison Rd., Alameda Ave and Federal Blvd.

Today, Westwood’s population of over 15,000 is 80 percent Hispanic in origin, with about 20percent speaking only Spanish.  Westwood is unique in that it is one of the youngest neighborhoods in Denver, with 40 percent of its residents aged 18 and younger. Most children attend the neighborhood schools, including three elementaries and one middle school.

However, the neighborhood is underserved for parks, recreation amenities, and green space; it lacks a grocery store; and it has an auto-oriented street design with narrow or missing sidewalks. These deficits in the built environment pose challenges for residents who want to choose healthy lifestyles, including physical activity, exercise and good nutrition.  However, Westwood has some unique assets in place to overcome these barriers in the near future, including a number of active community organizations, engaged residents, and the resources of the Urban Land Institute as one of the recipients of a multi-million dollar Healthy Places Initiative to design a healthier, active environment

Other Westwood HIA resources:

View the Westwood Neighborhood Plan

 

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