2018 National Planning Conference

Smart Mobility Tool for Healthy Communities

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198247

Location: 3020

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  • Understand relationship between transportation, urban design, and health.
  • Learn innovative tools that measure transportation’s impact on health.
  • Define best practices for building capacity with decision-makers to include health in the planning process.


Much of existing literature on healthy community design is subjective and qualitative, not quantitative. Generalized health data, while available at a regional or county level, is difficult to find at discrete levels (neighborhood or suburban corridor) without violating personal privacy. The correlation of health to land use, urban design, and transportation data allows for a broader ability to factor health into community and transportation planning. The “Smart Mobility” model, using evaluation factors associated with increasing mobility, provides a community health profile for a study area and identifies mobility and urban design enhancements to improve health outcomes. The Model can be added to the standard transportation modeling process, allowing for consideration of a community’s health at a level as discrete as a neighborhood. Once the baseline community health profile is established, alternative scenarios can be modeled to determine if changes in design or mobility factors influence health outcomes. The Model is designed to promote HCD and can be utilized by both the public and private sector. Participants will learn about health data, innovative tools, successful planning strategies, and best practices for building capacity with decision makers to routinely include health in the planning process at the local, regional, and state levels.


Session Speakers

Marlon Maus
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Tyler K. Johnson, AICP
Orlando, FL

Curtis Ostrodka, AICP
Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
Orlando, FL