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As a social determinant of health, transportation significantly contributes to well-being through several pathways. Researchers and practitioners have called for health indicators as one way to integrate public health concerns into transportation decision-making. However, it is unclear how indicators are used and what their impact is on policy. This case study of five cities explored how health-related indicators are being used in municipal transportation plans, whether they are institutionalized into transportation agency decision-making processes, and what influence they have on administrative decision-making. In addition, this research also explored the conceptual use of indicators as it relates to social learning and policy change. Finally, this research examined whether health framing was important to policy adoption or change.

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Kelly Rodgers, MLA, LEED-AP, is a PhD candidate in Urban Studies at Portland State University and the owner/executive director of Streetsmart Planning LLC. Kelly has 18 years of experience working across disciplines to create healthy, equitable, and sustainable cities. Her previous work includes the development of a performance-based transportation planning tool, creation of a pedestrian plan, and the development of a quality of life framework with principles, indicators, and proven strategies. Her current research is on the use and influence of health indicators in transportation plans. Kelly is a member of the Transportation Research Board Committee on Transportation and Public Health (AME70), is the chair of the ITE Transportation and Health Committee, and is co-chair of the Health Equity and Planning Interest Group at the American Planning Association. She also serves on the steering committee of Planning for Health Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership (PHEAL).


Transportation | Urban Studies | Urban Studies and Planning

The Use And Influence Of Health Indicators In Municipal Transportation Plans​​



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