July 2019: CHE ARC Newsletter

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  • CHE presented on our work to advance health equity to the Louisville Metro Council Health  and Education Committee on May 15th and June 5th. Follow the links to learn more about our vision and some of the ways we work to achieve it.
  • The Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act, which requires employers to make basic accommodations for pregnant employees, went into effect on June 27, 2019. You can read more about the law and what it means for the health of working pregnant and postpartum women here. For more information on the impacts of this law, see our Pregnant Workers Act Health Impact Assessment. Workers and employers who want to learn more about the Kentucky Pregnant Workers Act can also find a helpful fact sheet here.

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Equitable Transportation as a Root Cause of Health

Happy summer! Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outside activities or even an opportunity to walk or bike to the places you go already. It is also filled with lots of travel: vacations, road trips, site seeing and other out-of-town activities. It is definitely a season where people are moving around, in and out of the city.

Unfortunately, for some, simply traveling around the city can be  a risky or burdensome task. Our most vulnerable users, pedestrians, people who ride bikes, persons with strollers, using a wheelchair and other mobility devices often face dangerous transportation conditions – including the lack of safe sidewalks, lighting, crosswalks and other features of the built environment. People who frequently use the public transportation system are often subjected to overcrowded buses and excessively long commute times. Barriers like these hinder the ability of all people in Louisville to get to school, work, healthcare services, grocery stores and to meet their basic needs.

This month, we are highlighting the importance of equitable transportation and reflecting on best practices that ensure our community is designed to promote health. This includes ensuring safe places to move about the city clean air and water, and a diverse transportation system. A transportation system is the combination of all the roads, paths, highways, buses, and trains in our city; this system connects people and goods/services across the community to one another. Everyone benefits from access to safe and reliable methods to travel around Louisville regardless of the mode they use. Meaningful access to a diverse transportation system is also important. Owning a car should not be a requirement (or barrier) for grocery shopping, getting to work, or being connected to one’s community.

Current research demonstrates how we design and build our transportation systems has a significant impact on our health. For example, enduring long, frustrating commutes can lead to stress that negatively impacts mental well-being and heart health.  Additionally, in a recent report, “Dangerous by Design” by Smart Growth America, found that, over the past seven years, there were 4,188 crashes involving a pedestrian or bicyclist across Louisville Metro. Pedestrian fatalities accounted for 25%of all roadway fatalities, influencing Jefferson County’s ranking of 35th most dangerous metro area in the United States for people walking. 

To improve our collective health and quality of life, all forms of transportation must be safe and equitable. In 2016's Move Louisville  and in 2017's Health Equity Report Louisville Metro embraced policy improvements to make our streets safer through Complete Streets, streets that are designed for everyone. This ensured Complete Streets became part of the vision for our future comprehensive planning in Plan 2040. LMPHW is working with the CompleteStreetsForLou, a coalition with the goal to improve Louisville Metro’s Complete Streets policy  meets national standards by including transparency, public input and a focus on equity to ensure complete streets in every neighborhood. 

If you or your organization are interested in learning more or signing up as a supporting partner, please visit CompleteStreetsForLou.org



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What We’re Reading

Teaching Kids About Dreams, Jobs, and Dignity

Here’s how much it really costs to own and drive your car each year

Complete Streets Promote Good Health

A Blueprint for More Equitable Transportation Planning

Critical Investments for a Healthier Kentucky 

TEDx  “Physical Activity for the Commonwealth” by Dr. Thomas Wojcicki

Dangerous by Design