Healthy CommunitiesAdvancing health equity at the neighborhood level.
Through the Fit NOLA Parks initiative, approximately 64,000 residents in three neighborhoods were able to attend fun physical activities for families, shop for more local and nutritious foods, and visit community-centered health clinics.
Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods was a community initiative dedicated to the development of sustainable, healthy neighborhoods. Central to the initiative was an interactive data website, providing users with data and resources at the neighborhood level.
With assistance from numerous partners, LPHI worked to expand New Orleans’ total network of bikeways to more than 100 miles and approximately $40M in new pedestrian and bicycle safety projects to promote "active environments" between 2004 and 2016.
Funded by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the Gulf Coast Healthy Communities project supported three nonprofit organizations in Biloxi, Mobile, and Pensacola with providing locally-based, publicly accessible data platforms to drive local collaboration.
LPHI used information provided by the 500 Cities Data Challenge to illustrate the benefits of applying community health data to address social factors, such as informing policy investments in transportation and economic opportunity.
Programs and Initiatives
Consortium for Resilient Gulf Communities
Through their combined expertise, the Consortium provides information, tools, and resources to assist Gulf Coast communities in their efforts to become more resilient to adverse future events, including natural and industrial accidents. The RAND Corporation, Louisiana State University, Tulane University, the Louisiana Public Health Institute, and the University of South Alabama make up the Consortium’s diverse group of partners. As part of this partnership, LPHI assists the Consortium with communicating their findings to lay audiences and helping local communities determine what policies are needed to mitigate the impacts of future events.
Using data to address the social determinants of health
Mapping community needs is critical to determining what solution or policy could be most impactful to improving outcomes. The Healthy Communities team is committed to improving the data capacity of the communities it serves.
From 2016 to 2017, the team partnered with the Trust for Public Land and the city of New Orleans to develop a web-based data tool that identifies how the city and its most environmentally vulnerable neighborhoods will likely be affected by various climate change scenarios. The resulting Climate Smart Cities tool continues to inform the city’s fortification efforts against disaster and climate change. This includes building various urban infrastructure projects, such as new stormwater management systems.
Other data projects include the 500 Cities Data challenge, where LPHI is working with Bike Easy to leverage 500 Cities data for Kenner and New Orleans to inform Complete Streets planning and policies across the region.