Healthy Places

The Center seeks to contribute to the understanding and development of healthy places by conducting research, disseminating innovative ideas on healthy places, and supporting the Healthy Places Research Group.

Research Projects

  • CQGRD worked in conjunction with Georgia Tech's School of City and Regional Planning and the Center for GIS to produce a Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan for the newly established City of Milton, GA. This plan proposes a network of multiuse trails to connect Milton’s neighborhoods with its parks, schools, libraries, stores, sports facilities, and other public spaces.

  • Healthy Housing: Forging the Economic and Empirical Foundation identifies the economic and empirical links between housing and health, develops a new conceptual model on the complex effects of housing on health, identifies the direct and indirect links between housing and health, benchmarks the current housing and health link for the 13-county Atlanta region, and presents recommendations and future research needs to strengthen the link between housing and health.

  • Georgia Tech’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development, with technical assistance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, assessed the public health impacts on people living and working near a large hospital. This study builds on the Atlanta BeltLine Health Impact Assessment (HIA) by focusing on Piedmont Hospital, which is located in one of the BeltLine’s key redevelopment nodes. Significant public and private investment will be targeted in this area. This Health Impact Assessment thus provides scholars and the public more information in improving public health and promoting active living in this area through redevelopment.

  • A health impact is a change in health risk resasonably attributable to a policy or project, and a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is one of the many combinations of procedures or methods by which a proposed policy or program may be judged as to the effects it may have on the health of a specific population. It is a means of ensuring that hte potential impacts on health are taken into account as part of the decision making process for policies, programs, and other development projects.

  • CQGRD is conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on redevelopment plans for the site of the former Hapeville Ford Assembly Plant in Hapeville, GA. The assembly plant is to be redeveloped as "Aerotropolis Atlanta", with over 6.5 million square feet of office, hotel, shopping and airport parking facilities, as well as a solar energy component. The 122-acre site is bounded by I-75, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the new residential development of Asbury Park, and downtown Hapeville. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • CQGRD is conducting a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on PLAN 2040, the long-term regional comprehensive plan being prepared by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The ARC is Atlanta's regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency. PLAN 2040 will integrate multiple aspects of regional planning, including transportation and land use, housing, greenspace, water, and air quality through the year 2040. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • The Atlanta BeltLine would convert a 22-mile span of freight railway into a transit and trail loop, surrounded by parks and residential and commercial development. When we start a new development project, are we building a healthy place? How do we understand the health impacts of a new development? To answer these questions for the Atlanta BeltLine redevelopment project, CQGRD conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA). A HIA is a collection of procedures and tools by which projects, policies, and programs can be evaluated based on their potential effects on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. While the HIA tool is widely used abroad, the BeltLine HIA is one of the first conducted in the United States.

  • Decatur has created a new Active Living Division within the Department of Community and Economic Development. The Division will combine traditional recreation programs with quality of life programs like environmental sustainability, alternative transportation planning and efforts to encourage an active living lifestyle. The International City/County Management Association is committed to track the outcomes and community benefits of Decatur’s Active Living Division in a two-year study that will identify performance measures and best practices for other cities.

  • The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development studied the health impacts of the redevelopment of the McIntosh Homes public housing neighborhood in Macon, Georgia.  The health impact assessment provides detailed guidance for ensuring that current and future residents have the greatest access to a healthy and safe community.  The recommendations accounts for socioeconomic health determinants, physical conditions, psychological stresses, environmental factors, and neighborhood social connections.

  • Macon, Georgia is undertaking a bold redevelopment to enhance the quality of life and connective role of Second Street.  The redevelopment aims to develop the length of the corridor, support multimodal transportation options, and connect anchor institutions with other city neighborhoods.  The Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development’s health impact assessment offers concrete recommendations to maximize the investment’s health benefit for area residents.