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UMass Worcester PRC Research Results: Evidence-based strategies to include active transportation in Community Health Improvement Plans

Date Posted: Friday, February 28, 2020



Active transportation, such as biking or walking to work, can build physical activity into the day and contribute to health. The Community Preventive Services Task Force provides evidence-based guidance on how land use and transportation plans, policies, and designs can promote active transportation. Local health departments can contribute by including active transportation in Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs). The Public Health Accreditation Board requires health departments seeking voluntary accreditation to participate in CHIP development. The purpose of this analysis was to determine which approaches to improving physical activity through active transportation have been included in CHIPs and understand local health department characteristics related to inclusion of these approaches.

In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control-funded Physical Activity Policy Research Network Plus, the UMass Worcester PRC developed and conducted an online survey with local health departments.

Check out the Research Brief for a quick summary!