Kids Score Skate Park Using Health Data

Kids Score Skate Park Using Health Data

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To improve safety for skaters in their neighborhood, a coalition of San Diego kids lobbied hard for a new skate park, but they were having a hard time getting city officials to take them seriously. To convince decision-makers and skeptical community members, the coalition used data from a health impact assessment (HIA) to make their case.

With support from The California Endowment, Human Impact Partners helped the youth to identify priority issues and develop a plan for an HIA to highlight benefits that a new skate park would bring to the community. The kids’ work paid off. The City Heights Skate Plaza opened in 2016 and is a living reminder that anyone can have a voice.

Learn more about the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts: http://www.healthimpactproject.org

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By incorporating health considerations and community viewpoints into the process of evaluating and implementing projects, policies, and programs, health impact assessments (HIAs) can improve public health and expand the use of evidence in decision-making across public sectors.