Group to Study Health Effects of Developments Around Light Rail

Publication: The Minnesota Daily

Author: Danielle Nordine


06/16/2010 - A group of local community organizations will spend the next year and a half examining the health effects of future developments stemming from the Central Corridor light-rail line after receiving a $150,000 grant for their work.

ISAIAH, a Minneapolis faith-based organization, is heading the project by conducting research and collecting data to determine the health effects of the line and future housing and retail developments near it.

The impacts of the light rail on locals’ health aren’t necessarily obvious, ISAIAH Executive Director Doran Schrantz said. Issues like access to transit, jobs and the economic effects of the line influence one’s health.

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SAIAH was one of six groups awarded grants earlier this month from the Health Impact Project, a partnership of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts. The project officially launched last August, was created to promote the study of health aspects of policies or projects, Health Impact Project Director Aaron Wernham  said.

“[The project] is a way to bring public health data into the decision-making process,” he said, “especially those that don’t seem to have too much to do with health on the surface but have important health implications that are easy to miss.”

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