Navigating Intersections of Health and Transportation

What You'll Learn

  • Observe how community engagement informs health considerations in corridor-based planning studies.
  • Learn how to integrate health impact assessments into transportation investments to benefit the greatest number of people.
  • Examine how regional and local partnerships can be leveraged to implement projects that strengthen walkable, accessible, and affordable neighborhoods.

More Course Details

The health of Floridians, residents of the third-most populous state, directly affects the health of the United States. Floridians are growing unhealthier each day. Obesity, heart disease, diabetes are on the rise. And there has been an uptick in pedestrian fatalities and traffic crashes.

What can transportation planners and designers do? Think big!

This course focuses on how Florida's MPOs are building a healthier state through transportation infrastructure investments.

In Central Florida, MetroPlan Orlando is promoting health in all transportation policies, an initiative that includes an innovative corridor study focused on health and community engagement. The effort is reaching people who have never participated in a transportation planning study.

Along the East Coast, the Palm Beach TPA is using health impact assessments to inform not only Complete Streets initiatives and regional agency cooperation, but also premium transit planning, the location of transit-oriented developments, and locating specific transit stations in areas that will benefit the most people.

In the Tampa Bay area, Forward Pinellas is focusing on the 20-Minute Neighborhoods initiative: an effort to overcome gaps and barriers in the transportation network to support active transportation that connects low- and moderate-income residents with everyday destinations and transit service.