Conducting a health impact assessment of Baltimore City's comprehensive zoning code rewrite

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.The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a process whereby the health impacts of a proposed policy or program are systematically evaluated and summarized to inform decision-making. To serve its intended purpose, HIAs need to be completed during the narrow window of opportunity between the announcement of the proposed change and the time the decision is made. In the case of Baltimore's zoning recode, that window of opportunity will open in the fall of 2009 with the release of the first draft of the new zoning code and close in the second half of 2010 with a vote by the Baltimore City Council. Given that the rewriting of the zoning code is underway, the HIA must be initiated by the fall of 2009 to inform the City Council's decision on how to incorporate public health goals to the recode that would maximize the impact on active living and healthy eating.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $149,969.00

Awarded on: 8/31/2009

Time frame: 10/1/2009 - 3/31/2011

Grant Number: 66853


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

600 North Wolfe Street
Baltimore, 21287-0005


Jonathan Ellen
Project Director


Caroline M. Fichtenberg
Project Director