Community Involvement

Community outreach for the Decatur Health Impact Assessment in 2007

A community meeting in Decatur, GA, as part of the Decatur Health Impact Assessment in 2007.

CQGRD has hosted a number of workshops and seminars for practitioners and involved individuals on the questions of how local governments should respond to growth, context-sensitive road design, and the development of "everyday neighborhoods." The following are a few examples of CQGRD's ongoing commitment to its philosophy on community engagement as the underpinning for smart development decisions.

Healthy Places Research Group 

The Healthy Places Research Group (HPRG) is a collaborative effort involving Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health, Georgia State University's College of Health and Human Sciences, Georgia Tech's College of Architecture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and CQGRD, among others. Since its initiation in 2006, the group has met monthly to facilitate discussion and networking among the many disciplines involved in creating healthy places and improving the relationship between health and the built environment. Check the HPRG calendar for our next meeting.

Health Impact Assessments

In 2006, CQGRD published a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of the Atlanta BeltLine. Subsequently, CQGRD has been conducting valuable new research on health impacts with immediate practical applications, including evaluating a new transportation plan for the City of Decatur, GA, and the impacts of Piedmont Hospital on its surrounding neighborhoods.

County and Regional Plans

CQGRD and Georgia Tech's Enterprise Innovation Institute (EII) have collaborated on a number of plans to help Georgia counties manage anticipated growth without compromising quality of life including Hall County (2004), Camden County (2005), and Troup County (2008).