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Walkability Action Institute 

 

NACDD believes all states and communities should be designed to support physical activity and non-motorized forms of transportation so that people can have the policy, system, and environmental (PSE) supports needed to engage in active lifestyles, whether recreationally or through essential daily functions like commuting to and from work, to community destinations, and/or places of interest (community events, schools, shopping, etc.). 


This vision would yield access and opportunity for active living through multiple community sectors, and could reduce the behavior of physical inactivity over the long-term, which is a main risk factor for chronic diseases and leading causes of death and debilitation like heart disease, stroke, hypertension, obesity, and type II diabetes.  


NACDD realizes that making states and communities more walkable is not just a public health problem; it involves public health counterparts including transportation, planning, education, elected officials, economic development, housing, transit, parks and recreation, and a variety of advocacy groups. 


To this end, NACDD collaborates and receives financial support from the CDC Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO) to plan, implement, and evaluate a Walkability Action Institute (WAI) as a multi-day “course” for interdisciplinary teams. Each year, interdisciplinary four-to-six-member teams, comprised of public health, transportation, planning, elected officials, and other disciplines apply to receive travel assistance to attend the course, develop team action plans, and implement PSE outcomes to make their communities, regions, and states more walkable over the long term. The course combines traditional learning methods with robust  activities and outdoor learning. NACDD tracks the outcomes achieved by alumni teams semi-annually and convenes ongoing Walkability Community of Practice groups bi-monthly.


 

Project Partners and Course Steering Committee Members

 

NACDD is proud to collaborate with the following project partners, organizations and/or Course Steering Committee members:

  1. Active Living By Design (Phil Bors)
  2. America Walks (Ian Thomas)
  3. CDC Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Obesity (Chris Kochtitzky, Margo Younger)
  4. Mark Fenton
  5. National Physical Activity Society (Pam Eidson) 

 

Project Participants

 

To date, NACDD implemented the WAI to a total of 32 interdisciplinary teams across three cohort years. Different from the inaugural year’s focus on interdisciplinary state level teams, the focus for Years 2 and 3 was interdisciplinary regional teams through the metropolitan planning organization (MPO), or regional equivalent. Below is the full list of NACDD WAI teams:

 

Year 1 (2015):

  1.  Arkansas (State Level Team)
  2.  Colorado (State Level Team)
  3.  Indiana (State Level Team)
  4.  Michigan (State Level Team)
  5.  Minnesota (Intra-State Regional Team; Southwest Minnesota)
  6.  Montana (State Level Team)
  7.  New Hampshire (State Level Team)
  8.  Ohio (State Level Team)
  9.  Oregon (State Level Team)
  10.  Tennessee (State Level Team)
  11.  Virginia (State Level Team)
  12.  Wisconsin (Intra-State Regional Team; Fox Valley Region)

Click here to view Outcomes from Year 1 teams!

Here's what Year 1 participants said about the course:

  • "Good to hear from others and local leaders on real steps to implementation." (Year 1 Participant)
  • "Mark Fenton is a very knowledgeable and tremendous trainer." (Year 1 Participant)
  • "As a team, we are excited to bring what we learned home." (Year 1 Participant)

  • "The balance of team time with intermixing with other state teams was good." (Year 1 Participant)

  • "Great start on a new way of thinking!" (Year 1 Participant)

 

Year 2 (2016):

  1.  Austin, Texas (Capital Area MPO)
  2. Chattanooga, Tennessee (Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization)
  3.  Des Moines, Iowa (Des Moines Area MPO)
  4. Grand Island, Nebraska (Grand Island MPO)
  5.  Grand Rapids, Michigan (West Michigan MPO)
  6.  Greenville, North Carolina (Greenville Urban Area MPO)
  7.  Hartford, Connecticut (Capitol Region Council of Governments)
  8.  Holland, Michigan (Macatawa Area Coordinating Council)
  9.  Knoxville, Tennessee (Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization)
  10.  Portland, Maine (Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System)

Click here to view Outcomes from Year 2 teams!

Here's what Year 2 participants said about the course:

  • "The interactive components of the course kept you engaged in the discussed topics." (Year 2 Participant)
  • "The real life examples from local communities were very exciting (especially from Decatur)." (Year 2 Participant)
  • "Very organized process, application, and institute!" (Year 2 Participant)
  • "The hands-on experiences were amazing and the presentations fit into that perfectly." (Year 2 Participant)
  • "This was an excellent conference -- networking and real-world audits were great!" (Year 2 Participant)

 

Year 3 (2017):

  1.  Cleveland, Tennessee (Cleveland Urban Area MPO)
  2.  Cook County, Illinois (Cook County Department of Public Health)
  3.  Corridor, Iowa (Linn County Public Health/Corridor MPO)
  4.  Duluth, Minnesota (St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services)
  5.  Flint, Michigan (Genesee County Metropolitan Planning Commission)
  6.  Mansfield, Ohio (Richland County Regional Planning Commission)
  7.  Oahu, Hawaii (Oahu MPO)
  8.  Puget Sound Region, Washington (Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department)
  9.  Rochester, New York (Genesee Transportation Council MPO)
  10.  Tulsa, Oklahoma (Indian Nations Council of Government/Tulsa Health Department)

Click here to view Outcomes from Year 3 teams!

Click here to read a blog about the 2017 WAI!

Here's what Year 3 participants said about the course:

  • "Faculty challenged us to think big and choose something hard – not necessarily the easy stuff. Do this more!!!" (Year 3 Participant)

  • "Faculty presentations and having faculty as resource ongoing was AMAZING!" (Year 3 Participant)

  • "The interactive sessions (i.e. walk audit and scavenger hunt), and the panel of projects around Atlanta were super helpful and inspiring." (Year 3 Participant)

  • "Loved the scavenger hunt and walk audit – practical application that helps me see what we are learning …" (Year 3 Participant)

  • "This was the first time (after attending these types of gatherings for 12 years) I felt the issues faced by non-choice users, LMI communities, black/brown people, and PWD were give a degree of space, time, and attention they deserve." (Year 3 Participant)

  • "The initial points of linking walking to our health, economic development, and social outcome. Very powerful. The strong challenge to use to act!" (Year 3 Participant)

  • "I would say this experience exceeded my expectations by a long way. Good work." (Year 3 Participant)

  • "It was so fun to get to know my group. Even though that happened outside the 8-5, this course definitely facilitated that." (Year 3 Participant)

  • "Thank you, thank you, thank you! Our team loved this!" (Year 3 Participant)

 

Year 4 (2018):

Applications are now being accepted for NACDD's 2018 4th Annual Walkability Action Institute.

  • The application period will take place between the dates of October 30, 2017 - December 8, 2017.
  • All applications are due by email to Karma Harris at kedwards@chronicdisease.org by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, December 8, 2017.
  • The 2018 WAI will take place on April 9 - 12, 2018 in Decatur (Atlanta), Georgia. 
  • The Request for Funding Assistance (RFA), corresponding RFA Appendices, RFA Application Form, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be accessed below:

RFA

RFA Application Form

RFA Appendices:

FAQs

For any questions related to the WAI RFA process, please email Karma Harris at kedwards@chronicdisease.org. All questions will be answered and re-posted within two business days.

 

MAP of NACDD WAI Communities

Map of NACDD WAI Communities coming soon ...

 

 

More Resources

 

For more information about the CDC Division of Nutrition Physical Activity and Disability, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpao/index.html

For more information about the CDC National Center for Environmental Health, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/

 

Contact Us

For more information about the WAI project, or for any walkability-related resources, please contact:

 
Karma Harris, MSPH

kedwards@chronicdisease.org 


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