2009 - Research

From Partnership to Policy: The Evolution of Active Living by Design in Portland, Oregon

Active Living by Design focused on two communities in Portland, Oregon: one urban, low-income community with poor bicycle/pedestrian and park infrastructure, the other a semirural community expected to see urban growth in the next 30 years.

  • The goals of Active Living by Design included:
    • prepare and sustain a network of public health, planning, community and policymaking partner
    • affect urban planning and policy decisions to influence built-environment changes
    • support active-living program and promotion partners
  • This project proved the community-action model to be a valuable tool for organizing intervention activities and bringing diverse partners together.
  • Reviewers conclude that many of the partnerships’ collaborative efforts to encourage healthy communities through policy, environmental, and social change have been largely successful and can serve as a model for other communities.

Dobson, NG and Gilroy, AR. “From Partnerships to Policy: The Evolution of Active Living by Design in Portland, Oregon.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 37.6.2 (2009): S436-S444.