Smart Mobility Tool for Healthy Communities

What You'll Learn

  • The relationship between transportation, urban design, and health.
  • Innovative tools that measure transportation’s impact on health.
  • Best practices for building capacity with decision makers to include health in the planning process.

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Much of the literature on healthy community design is subjective and qualitative, not quantitative. Generalized health data is difficult to find at discrete levels (neighborhood or suburban corridor) without violating personal privacy. The correlation of health to land use, urban design, and transportation data allows for a broader ability to factor health into community and transportation planning.

The "Smart Mobility" model provides a community health profile for a study area and identifies mobility and urban design enhancements to improve health outcomes. The model can be added to the standard transportation modeling process, allowing for consideration of a community's health at a level as discrete as a neighborhood. Once a baseline community health profile is established, alternative scenarios can be modeled to determine if changes in design or mobility factors influence health outcomes.

The course offers information about health data, innovative tools, successful planning strategies, and best practices for routinely including health in the planning process at the local, regional, and state levels.