Walking and Walkability: Equity, Empowerment and Engage Underserved, diverse communities.

Thursday October 29, 10:15 – 11:45am

This session will look at two very different communities (Brownsville, TX and the Greenville neighbor in Bakersfield, CA) to see how they have overcome limited resources and unfamiliar public participation processes to create effective local advocates that are changing their communities. .  We will hear how walking groups, walking school buses and working to get more sidewalks, better parks and safer crosswalks have been accomplished.   These empowered, diverse and underserved communities have a lot to teach us about how to work with them to get pedestrian infrastructure in inaccessible places.

Moderator: Ellen L. Braff-Guajardo, Program Officer, W.K.Kellogg Foundation


  • Genoveva Islas, MPH, Program Director, Cultiva La Salud
  • Lourdes Perez, Program Coordinator, Center for Human Services, Ceres Partnership for Healthy Children
  • Yolanda Savage-Narva, Director-Health Equity Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Abraham Kulungara, Director Environmental Health, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • Dr. Rose Gowen, City Commissioner, City of Brownsville
  • Arturo Rodriguez, Public Health Director, City of Brownsville