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Transportation and Health Equity, Part VII
You also know that these factors are not evenly distributed around any city (including Portland) and usually the areas that are the worst for health (low walking and biking opportunities, bad air quality, high crash corridors) are in areas where residents have lower incomes, lower education, and higher percentages of communities of color. Not good.
The City of Portland recognizes this and will be undergoing a number of processes to improve the planning of our great city to integrate health and health equity into the policy and planning processes:
Health Equity advocates in our city have made health a large part of the conversation in the Portland Plan, and as a result, “Healthy, Connected Neighborhoods” is a strategy. In addition, there is an “Equity Initiative” that will serve as a foundation to the plan to check that all parts of the plan first look to serve those that have been underserved in the past. The Portland Plan will serve to guide the Comprehensive Plan, which is the more ‘nuts and bolts’ document which specifies how the city is planned (e.g. curb cuts and setbacks) Learn more about the Portland Plan and how to get involved at http://www.portlandonline.com/portlandplan/.
And with that I’ll take my final bow as a guest blogger on Commuter Central. I hope you learned a little bit about health equity, the intersections between transportation and health, and how PBOT is trying to make everybody (yes, even you!) a little healthier. I trust you will pass on this knowledge to your friends, family, and strangers that might be interested in this sort of this in order to keep the conversation going and health equity in your minds.
If you have any more questions about health equity initiatives at PBOT, feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Info Center.
Read the other posts in the series: