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BUILD Health Challenge Update

On April 20, LPHI hosted an exciting site visit among local and national partners participating in the BUILD Health Challenge project. During the visit, recent efforts and accomplishments were shared. ​For example, the Regional Transit Authority presented about its new Strategic Mobility Plan, which lays out a 20-year plan for mobility improvements in the New Orleans region. With input and collaboration from the the BUILD partnership during the planning process, the strategic plan incorporated a new goal around promoting a healthy and sustainable community, as well as metrics to monitor household access to health care facilities and parks and recreation via public transit.

The site visit also sparked meaningful discussion on additional opportunities for policy and systems changes with a focus on equity. In particular, the partnership identified a common interest in working to prevent resident displacement and gentrification, which can be accelerated by public transit development.

Lastly, the group had the opportunity to get out into the community and attend an opening celebration for the Claiborne Corridor Cultural Innovation District (CID), a community development project to transform a 25-block space under the I-10 bridge and help create opportunities for Corridor residents and small businesses.

What is the BUILD Health Challenge?

It is a national initiative that helps communities tackle the root causes of our most pressing chronic health challenges head on. By catalyzing multi-sector, community-driven collaborations, BUILD is moving resources, attention, and action upstream to drive sustainable improvements in community health.

LPHI facilitates a cross-sector collaboration called BUILD Health Mobility that has formed to understand and address transportation and other mobility barriers impacting health in New Orleans' Claiborne Corridor. The project brings together key community partners to work on policy and systems changes to support long-term impacts on mobility, health, and equity for all who live, work, learn, and play in the Claiborne Corridor. Partners include:

LCMC Health/ University Medical Center

Foundation for Louisiana

Ride New Orleans

New Orleans Health Department

Louisiana Public Health Institute

Regional Transit Authority/ Transdev