Developing and publishing a special journal issue on the impact of community design on health

Since World War II, physical activity has been engineered out of many parts of American life. Americans are more sedentary than ever, with over one in four currently getting no activity at all in an average day. The impact of community design on health outcomes is a growing interest among individuals from many backgrounds--architects, public health professionals, transportation professionals, city planners, etc. Communities that are not designed to allow physical activity opportunities and mechanisms for people to interact, and do not provide safe environments, likely jeopardize the health of residents. More information for professionals is needed on innovative designs, effective models, and effective research methodologies. In particular, health professionals need to be aware of the learnings from nonhealth disciplines and the potential impacts on health. This grant provides support for a special issue of the "American Journal of Health Promotion," as well as an ongoing editorial section within the Journal called "Health Promoting Community Design." This special issue will be distributed to 4,000 regular subscribers of the "Journal," as well as 2,000 additional stakeholders identified by the Foundation. This project will be considered successful if it results in a greater awareness of the link and importance of community design and health among key stakeholders.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $63,585.00

Awarded on: 12/16/2002

Time frame: 12/15/2002 - 9/30/2003

Grant Number: 46574


Health Promotion Research Foundation

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Keego Harbor, 48320-1036


Michael P. O'Donnell
Project Director