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Mar 2022

Investing in Infrastructure for Healthy Communities

By putting community needs first, we can ensure that federal funding is used to build and restore health equity as well as the nation’s infrastructure.

Key Recommendations

Over the course of history, in many ways, infrastructure has improved health equity in the nation. But in other ways, it has diminished it.


Bridging Health Equity and Infrastructure


Navigating Federal Infrastructure Funding

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Planning Exchange: Members of the Planning Exchange meet at the Regional Plan Association office in downtown Manhattan.

Health Equity Within the IIJA Framework.


Case Studies: Health Equity in Action

West End Station Soccer

Community-Oriented Development Meets Transit-Oriented Development in Atlanta, GA

Station Soccer is a network of soccer fields and community gardens designed in close proximity to metropolitan train stations. These facilities bring the community closer and promote healthy living by connecting families to recreational activities through affordable, accessible transportation.


Put the process over the products.”

Laura Chu Wiens
Executive Director, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, Pittsburgh, PA
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Realigning Highway Infrastructure with Health and Safety Priorities in Rochester, NY

The Inner Loop Transformation Project is a highway removal project to revamp an automobile expressway created in the 1950s and 1960s into a pedestrian, residential, and business-friendly corridor for the community. The first phase of the project, the Inner Loop East, is complete and will be succeeded by the Inner Loop North project, scheduled to break ground in 2024.

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Safe streets and inclusive public spaces are a necessary precondition for healthy behaviors like using active transportation, strengthening social connections, and accessing economic opportunities.”

Brenden Haggerty
Program Supervisor, Multnomah County Health Department
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Increasing Connectivity in the Public Transit System of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, OR

Kayak Public Transit is a regional bus system directly serving the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and surrounding areas of northern Oregon and Washington, including the neighboring cities of Pendleton and La Grande. The names of the bus routes pay homage to culturally relevant symbols for the Indigenous community.

Kayak Bus Routes
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A Way Forward


Special Thanks to

Carol Hardeman
Co-Director, Hill District Consensus Group
Laura Chu Wiens
Director, Pittsburghers for Public Transit
Brenden Haggarty
Program Supervisor, Multnomah County Health Department
Charlene McGee
Program Manager, Multnomah County Health Department
Tatewin Means
Executive Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Lynn Cuny
Deputy Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Decora Hawk
Director of Community Engagement, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Kevin Decora
Regional Equity Director, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation
Sanjay Patel
Director of Strategic Projects, Soccer in the Streets
Odetta Macleish-White
Director of Georgia Initiatives, Center for Community Progress
Amanda Rhein
Executive Director, Atlanta Land Trust Inc.
Debbie Frank
Director of Transit-Oriented Development, MARTA
Kevin Bacon
Director of Office of Design, Atlanta Department of City Planning
Erik Frisch
Deputy Commissioner, City of Rochester Department of Neighborhood and Business Development
Steve Dubnick
Strong Museum of Play
Mike Bulger
Healthy Communities Coordinator, Common Ground Health
J.D. Tovey
Tribal Planning Director, Kayak Public Transit

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