Site visits - March 15, 2018 at 3:30pm

Site Visit #1: Putting a Healthy Foot Forward on Atlanta’s BeltLine Trail
Shantaé M. Robinson, Community Engagement Director, iwi Fresh Garden Day Spa
David Jackson, Deputy Executive Director, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
Marla Oros, President, Mosaic Group

The Atlanta BeltLine, one of the most transformative projects in Atlanta’s history, provides a network of public parks, multi-use trails, and transit along an historic 22-mile railroad corridor circling downtown, ultimately creating new connections between 45 neighborhoods when it is complete. Currently, two major trails comprise the Atlanta BeltLine: the original Eastside Trail and the newly opened Westside Trail. The site visit will start with a brief ride through the Eastside Trail to see how the work started and has evolved before moving on to the newly opened trail (September 2017) on the Westside. The Westside Trail, which passes through Atlanta’s historic Southside neighborhoods experience high rates of poverty and chronic disease, and significant health disparities. Kaiser Permanente’s investment in the Westside Trail is directly aligned with issues identified in their community health needs assessment (CHNA), including obesity, chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension), and educational attainment. In addition to Kaiser’s investment in the build out of the trail on the Westside, Kaiser has also provided grants to local nonprofits to encourage community residents to use the trail for walking, exercise, neighborhood tours and visits to the Urban Farm located on the trail. This investment in the future of communities around the Westside Trail supports increased opportunities for active living and health improvement through environmental redesign and clean-up, as well as economic development, job creation, affordable housing, public art, streetscapes and historic preservation.

This site visit led by representatives from Kaiser Permanente Georgia and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership will show how the BeltLine is working with the local communities to enhance the environment where people live, work and play in to improve health and community vitality.  The site visit will also include information on the history of the development of the trail, its long term plan to finish the 22-mile corridor and how communities have been engaged in the process.

Please note that there will be walking/light physical activity involved, so dress appropriately.

Site Visit #2: Creating Equitable Environments to Improve the Health of Atlantans
Odetta MacLeish-White, Managing Director, Transformation Alliance
Vrunda Vaghela, Director, National Initiatives, Enterprise Community PartnersSanjay Patel, Soccer in the Streets
Tim Block, Program Director, Enterprise Community Partners
Heather Infantry, Director of Strategy and Expansion, Moving in the Spirit
Amanda Rhein, Senior Director of Transit Oriented Development and Real Estate, MARTA
Dillon Baynes, Managing Director, Columbia Ventures

This site visit will highlight ways cross-sector community partners are working together to improve and strengthen the health of Atlanta’s low-income communities through targeting the environment in which they live, particularly around equitable transit-oriented development, affordable housing, and arts and recreation. The tour will highlight two sites, and will bring together speakers that represent the various sectors that are coming together to address health, affordable housing, transportation and community development in Atlanta.

The first will highlight the ways in which cross-sector partners are working together as part of the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) to influence the investments fueling transit in Atlanta to include racial equity, health, and climate issues as core considerations. The site visit will begin at Soccer in the Station, located at Atlanta’s Five Points MARTA Station. Soccer in the Station is the world’s first soccer pitch located inside a transit station. Station soccer targets low-income urban youth and is exploring the ways they can leverage their stadium, coaches and participants to connect their target population to services beyond soccer.

The second site visit will be to the new multi-use transit oriented development, currently under construction at the Edgewood/Candler MARTA Station and under-utilized MARTA parking lot. Enterprise has been working with Columbia Ventures and MARTA to ensure affordable housing. Located in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, the arts will be strongly represented in this development.

Free Tour: Health Equity Field Trip at 6:00pm

Health Is A Human Right: Race And Place In America Exhibit at Georgia State University
Join us for a special viewing of historic photographs and documents that illustrate the struggles of diverse groups.This FREE exhibit examines historic challenges of the past 120 years in achieving health equity in the U.S. Check out our flyer for more information and sign up today!

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