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HIA Team Starts Recommendation Phase of South Phoenix Light Rail Extension Project


Community stakeholder advisory group meetings, like this one at Wesley Health Center, are held monthly by the SCNTHIA project team.

by MCDPH on 5/7/2014

The team working on the South Central Neighborhoods Transit Health Impact Assessment (SCNTHIA) is nearing the end of its assessment phase and will soon begin reviewing the data to formulate recommendations. The HIA was initiated last fall in conjunction with a Valley Metro proposed light rail extension to connect downtown Phoenix with the South Central corridor.

The comprehensive methodology has included surveys, walkability assessments, key informant interviews, and focus groups. The Insight Committee, a diverse stakeholder advisory group representing the South Phoenix community, was also formed and has met monthly since Sept. 2013 to provide input to the SCNTHIA project team.

"We've learned a lot from the community, and are getting a better sense of the challenges some folks face like accessing healthy food, getting to needed services, and having safe places to recreate," says county health policy consultant David Dube, who serves on the project advisory committee. "Our next step is to translate this data into a meaningful report of recommendations that can be used to improve the health of community."

SCNTHIA team members are mapping data collected in the assessment phase with the research questions and the pathway diagram developed for the project scope. This information will then drive the recommendations to improve the health of the community. The six key pathways include Landscaping/Shade Structures, Household Transportation Costs, Jobs and Employment, Housing, Access to Resources and Services, and Automobile Usage and Transit Ridership.

The SCNTHIA team is expected to finish the recommendation phase by August 2014 for early adoption in draft documents, and release a final HIA report around February 2015.

Additional information available at www.azhip2.org/south-central-hia.html
 
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