Author Archives: Emilie Bahr

Minneapolis’ Radical, Equitable Greenway Project (9:00am-10:30am)

Friday, September 15

The North Minneapolis Greenway is a an innovative proposal to convert over 3 miles of low-traffic residential streets to a park-like trail and residential space in a diverse, low-wealth community of about 50,000 that has traditionally been left out and negatively affected by development decisions. Community engagement has evolved over time to be more equitable and community-based, culminating in a city-led, year-long, five-block tactical urbanism-style pilot of the greenway idea. In this session, planners, city staff and residents will talk about engagement strategies and the opportunities and challenges that come with tactical urbanism projects implemented by local government.

Room: State 2

Presenters 

  • Sarah Stewart, Senior Public Health Specialist, Minneapolis Health Department
  • Carrie Christensen, Designer, WHR Ecological
  • Alexis Pennie, Resident and Member of Northside Greenway Now!

Long Lost Allies? Walking Advocates and Business District Organizations (4:00pm-5:30pm)

Thursday, September 14

Although not usually explicitly characterized as walking advocacy, much of the work of organizations working in neighborhood business districts (geographically-based business associations and community development corporations) aims to transform the appeal, comfort,  and perceived and real safety of the pedestrian realm. Creative placemaking, Special Service Districts, transit advocacy, TOD, art crawls and infrastructure planning are just a few methods employed by our panelists. These nonprofits also provide support to the businesses that provide neighbors with walkable access to goods, services and jobs. We encourage session-goers to begin to see these organizations as assets and allies in the quest for walkability and economic vitality.

Room: State 1

Presenters

  • Shaina Brassard, Seward Redesign, Inc., Co-chair, Programs and Policies Subcommittee, city of Minneapolis Pedestrian AdvisoryCommittee
  • Jamie Schumacher, West Bank Business Association
  • Rob Hanson, West Broadway Business and Area Coalition
  • Matt Kazinka, Lake Street Council

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Walking with a Purpose: Encouraging Physical Activity in People with Disabilities

This presentation is part of the Designing for Inclusive Health Panel.

The Strides 2 Health program utilizes principles from two health behavior change theories: the transtheoretical model and social cognitive theory. This program is designed to encourage people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to obtain at least 150 minutes per week of physical activity. This program uniquely focuses on walking and wheelchair locomotion (rolling) due to the simplicity of these activities. We will present baseline information on the impact of a simple 40-week walk or roll program on the health of individuals with disabilities. It will address the feasibility of training community leaders in implementing a program that will positively impact the health of these individuals.

Presenters:

  • Keiba Shaw, PT, DPT, EdD, Department of Physical Therapy, Hybrid DPT Program, College of Health Care Sciences, Nova Southeastern University
  • Robin E. Galley, PT, DPT, OCS, Director of Clinical Education , Assistant Professor Hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, Nova Southeastern University
  • Beatriz Galindo, Research Assistant, Nova Southeastern University

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Picture This! Engaging Those Who Use Active Transportation in PhotoMapping (4:00pm-5:30pm)

Thursday, September 14

Fox Valley Thrives (FVT), an alliance of public health, planners, faith-based community organizers, and others, recently gathered stories and photos from residents impacted by limited access to transportation. FVT partnered with University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty to engage these residents in a photomapping project, where participants took geo-tagged photos of aspects of the built environment that make getting from point A to point B by walking, bicycling or using transit easier or more difficult. This panel will overview the process used to engage those who use active transportation, lessons learned about the process, and strategies used to present data collected.

Room: Governors 3

Moderator

 Melissa Kraemer Badtke, Principal Transportation Planner and Safe Routes to School Coordinator, East Central WI Regional Planning Commission

Presenters 

  • Emily Dieringer, Health Educator, Winnebago County (WI) Health Department
  • Mamadou Coulibaly, Associate Professor of Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
  • Connie Raether, Vice-President of WISDOM, Leader/Organizer with ESTHER

 

“Honey, But You’re Not 50!” … This Millennial’s Lessons from Unleashing Baby Boomers as the Next Generation of Walking Advocates

This presenter is part of the Livable Communities for All Ages panel.

50+ Walks is designed to get older adults to walk more, walk together, and advocate for safe walking environments. The program promotes physical and social health through weekly walking groups. The target audience is those age 50 and older, especially those coming from communities of color and the low-income. Pinpointing and overcoming barriers to walking presents a multifaceted challenge. Instilling confidence in walkers to take leadership roles in their groups requires developing strong personal connections. Walkers are trained and encouraged to become active participants in local transportation planning meetings to ask for safety improvements to their streets.

Presenter: Kemberli Sargent, Pedestrian Safety Program Manager, PEDS

Creating Walkable Communities one “PLAYce” at a Time (9:00am-10:30am)

Friday, September 15

Today’s kids are not getting adequate play, physical activity or active transportation, like walking. What can be done to provide kids positive health outcomes and the childhoods they deserve? KaBOOM! introduced the Play Everywhere Challenge in 2016 in an effort to spur change. Walkable, thriving, and inclusive communities must include kids and families. PEC installations address this by inviting children to play while they walk through sidewalk interventions. These “PLAYces” encourage walkability by transforming ordinary walks into memorable experiences. During this session, KaBOOM!, Target, and PEC winners will share how projects have encouraged communities to walk more, and the importance of cross-sector collaborations.

Room: State 3

Presenters

  • Priya Madrecki, Senior Manager, Strategic Communications, KaBOOM!
  • Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Stanley and Debra Lefkowitz Faculty Fellow at Temple University; Senior Fellow at Brookings Institution
  • Yianice Hernandez, Director, Healthy Living by Design, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Kristen Murray, Tactical Urbanism and Community Engagement, Juxtaposition Arts

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Mixing it Up: Building Partnerships and Engaging Communities to Meet the Challenge of Promoting Healthy, Walkable Communities in Central Minnesota (10:15am-11:45am)

Thursday, September 14

Many Midwestern communities have varied demographics, including aging residents, expanding immigrant communities, and significant rural populations. These dynamics present complex social, economic and health challenges and opportunities. St. Cloud reflects many of these trends. This session highlights collaborative efforts of a healthcare foundation, city planner, and public health law nonprofit to support local policy change to promote walking and bicycling in St. Cloud, including Complete Streets, comprehensive planning, and an emerging riverwalk plan. We share lessons learned from working with communities experiencing demographic shifts, and demonstrate the real-world value of cross-disciplinary partnerships in creating policy change for active, healthy communities.

Room: State 2

Presenters

  • Julie Ralston Aoki, Director of Healthy Eating and Active Living Programs, Public Health Law Center
  • Matt Glaesman, AICP, Community Development and Planning Director,  City of St. Cloud
  • Jodi Gertken, Director of Wellness, CentraCare Health Foundation
  • Mary Marrow, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center

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