2002 Summit with Leaders of Distressed Neighborhoods Explores Relationship Between Built Environment, Physical Activity and Health

National summit and white paper on equitable development, social justice, and smart growth

PolicyLink, a national nonprofit organization that uses research to advance public policies to achieve economic and social equity, held a summit, Promoting Regional Equity: A National Summit on Equitable Development, Social Justice and Smart Growth, from November 17–19, 2002 in Los Angeles.

The summit was co-organized by the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.

Key Results

Under the grant, PolicyLink accomplished the following:

  • Convened a panel, "Putting Our Best Foot Forward: Creating Active, Healthy Communities," which featured a discussion among experts and local practitioners of how regional equity affects access to physical activity.
  • Developed a 26-page report, Regional Development and Physical Activity: Issues and Strategies for Promoting Health Equity, which identifies key challenges and opportunities for increasing physical activity in low-income communities. The report is available online.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a $50,000 grant to support the paper and panel.

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