Assessing urban infrastructure conditions as determinants of physical activity

The Foundation's Active Living Research program was designed to support investigator-initiated research to identify and assess structural, environmental, and policy changes with the potential to increase population levels of physical activity.Urban streets are an essential resource for physical activity, especially in poor neighborhoods with limited access to indoor recreation. Fear of random violence in these streets can impose limits on excursions outside of people's homes and prevent people from walking and using park facilities, if they are available. The purpose of this project is to examine the development and implementation of an anti-violence coalition in Washington Heights, in New York City. The coalition was formed in response to episodes of youth violence that occurred on public streets. The specific aims of the study are: (1) to describe the patterns of movement before and after the outbreak of violence in the area; (2) to describe community leaders' efforts to control a 2004 outbreak of youth violence; and (3) to assess the condition of the urban infrastructure in the areas that have been involved in violence.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $30,000.00

Awarded on: 6/27/2005

Time frame: 7/1/2005 - 6/30/2006

Grant Number: 53701


Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

722 West 168th Street
New York, 10032-3702


Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Project Director