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Statewide Transportation Planning For Healthy Communities

FHWA-HEP-14-032

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Photo collage: A biker on a wooden bridge, a lecture room, and pedestrians in a crosswalk in front of town homes.

April 2014

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US Department of Transportation, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center logoPrepared By:
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John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

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Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities
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6. AUTHOR(S)
William Lyons; Lindsey Morse; Logan Nash; Rachel Strauss
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7. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION NAME(S) AND ADDRESS(ES) John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center U.S. Department of Transportation
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FHWA-HEP-14-028
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FHWA Project Contact: Fred Bowers, Community Planner, Office of Planning ; 202-366-2374 ; frederick.bowers@dot.gov
14. ABSTRACT
This white paper presents insights and a flexible model for State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) that choose to integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning and decision-making. It draws from five case studies of innovative DOTs and their partners, and builds on the project team's previous white paper in this series, Metropolitan Area Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities (2012). The study tests and adapts the project team's "holistic" approach to health in transportation planning and develops a framework for considering health in the statewide transportation planning process. It includes a summary of relevant policies and resources, five innovative practice case studies, and a synthesis of findings and observations of use to DOTs and their health partners. The white paper shows how DOTs can consider health across their wide range of activities, which includes transportation planning, programs, and interagency initiatives.
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health, transportation, planning, DOT, department of transportation, statewide planning
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Acknowledgements

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Planning, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, prepared this white paper. The Volpe project team was led by William M. Lyons of the Transportation Planning Division and comprised of Lindsey Morse and Logan Nash of the Transportation Planning Division and Rachel Strauss of the Organizational Performance Division. Mr. Lyons also manages best practices in transportation planning research for the FHWA Office of Planning.

The white paper and other resources related to transportation planning research and health are posted on the FHWA-FTA Transportation Planning Capacity Building website (http://www.planning.dot.gov/).

The Volpe project team wishes to thank Fred Bowers, the FHWA project lead, for his guidance and support in developing this white paper. The team also thanks the reviewers at FHWA Headquarters and at the USDOT Office of the Secretary for their time and expertise in reviewing the document and the FHWA Division Offices for their coordination and support of their respective States' case studies. In addition, the project team extends thanks to colleagues at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Public Health Association, National Association of Development Organizations, the National Association of Regional Councils, and the Safe Routes to Schools Coalition who provided valuable input on case study selection.

Lastly, and without whom this paper could not have been developed, the project team thanks the State Departments of Transportation and partner organizations that participated in the development of this white paper and their staff who graciously shared their time, knowledge, guidance, and experience:

California Department of Transportation
California Department of Public Health

Iowa Department of Transportation
Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Coalition
Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Massachusetts Department of Transportation
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Minnesota Department of Transportation
Minnesota Department of Public Health

North Carolina Department of Transportation
North Carolina Division of Public Health

California:

California Department of Transportation

  • Marilee Mortenson, Senior Environmental Planner, Office of Regional and Interagency Planning (marilee.mortenson@dot.ca.gov)
  • Alyssa Begley, Chief, Office of Community Planning
  • Michael Brady, Chief, Air Quality Planning Branch, Office of Regional and Interagency Planning, Conformity Coordinator
  • Tracey Frost, Branch Chief, Office of System Planning
  • Garth Hopkins, Chief, Office of Regional and Interagency Planning
  • Pam Korte, Chief, Office of State Planning

California Department of Public Health

  • Lianne Dillon, Policy Associate, HiAP, Public Health Institute, Office of Health Equity
  • Barbara Alberson, MPH, Chief, State and Local Injury Control Section, Safe and Active Communities (SAC) Branch
  • Jacquolyn Duerr, Acting Chief, SAC Branch
  • Rick Kreutzer, MD, Chief, Environmental and Occupational Disease Control, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  • Connie Mitchell, MD, MPH, Chief, Policy Unit, Office of Health Equity

Iowa:

Iowa Department of Transportation

  • Kristin Haar, Compliance and Training Officer, Office of Public Transit (kristin.haar@dot.iowa.gov)
  • Michelle McEnany, Director, Office of Public Transit
  • Kathy Ridnour, Safe Routes to School Program Manager, Office of Systems Planning, (kathy.ridnour@dot.iowa.gov)

Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Coalition

  • Ann Mansfield, Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Coalition

Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

  • Ashley Christensen, Regional Safe Routes to School Liaison for Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission

Massachusetts:

Massachusetts Department of Transportation

  • Steve Woelfel, Director of Strategic Planning, Office of Transportation Planning (steve.woelfel@state.ma.us)
  • Catherine Cagle, former Manager of Sustainable Transportation, Office of Transportation Planning
  • Stephen Pepin, Manager of Research, Office of Transportation Planning
  • Ned Codd, Director of Project-Oriented Planning, Office of Transportation Planning
  • Samantha Fonseca-Moreira, Statewide Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Massachusetts Department of Public Health

  • Lea Susan Ojamaa, Director, Division of Prevention and Wellness
  • Margaret Round, Environmental Analyst
  • Jaime Corliss, Manager of Community Initiatives

Minnesota:

Minnesota Department of Transportation

  • Philip Schaffner, Project Manager, Corridor Investment Management Strategy, Planning Director, Office of Statewide Multimodal Planning (philip.schaffner@state.mn.us)

Minnesota Department of Public Health

  • Amber Dallman, Physical Activity Coordinator, Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives
  • Kelly Muellman, Minnesota Climate and Health Program Planner, Environmental Health Division
  • Kristin Raab, MLA, MPH, Minnesota Climate and Health Program Director, Environmental Health Division

North Carolina:

North Carolina Department of Transportation

  • Julie Hunkins, Technical Services Division (jhunkins@ncdot.gov)
  • Lauren Blackburn, Director, Bicycle & Pedestrian Division

North Carolina Division of Public Health

  • Ruth Petersen, Chief, Chronic Disease and Injury Section

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