Park Equity, Strategic Powering-Building, and Equitable Infrastructure Investment

Los Angeles, CA
United States

Prevention Institute will use the USALEEP data to quantify the relationship between health outcomes and access to parks and green space at the census-tract level using associative modeling, giving them the predictive power to quantify a type of “dose-response relationship” between park access and population health. This project will enable community stakeholders to harness the data to organize, build power, and convince elected officials and other decisionmakers to prioritize parks and improvements to green infrastructure in their neighborhoods.

Prevention Institute will establish a community advisory board representing power-building organizations working in predominantly low-income, African American, Latinx, and Asian American communities with limited access to quality parks/green space. This board will help analyze how data reflect the assets and deficits in their community environments, how it can be presented and statistically modeled for the greatest impact, and how it can be used to build residents' power to convince elected officials to prioritize park improvements in their neighborhoods. 

Using the USALEEP dataset for Los Angeles County and existing data on the need for parks and other determinants of health, the community advisory board and project team will cocreate mapping tools that are aligned with power-building strategies and produce a better understanding of the relationships between park need, life expectancy, and other determinants of health in LA County.

Prevention Institute will also develop a park equity advocacy toolkit that supports power-building strategies that include changing entrenched narratives about park inequities, organizing residents and allies, strengthening their voices and leadership skills, and changing policies to increase investments in park infrastructure in high-need communities. The toolkit will include a policy brief, fact sheet, three community profiles of areas in high need of parks that are served by the community advisory board member organizations, a PowerPoint presentation with relevant talking points, and infographics.

All final tools and resources using USALEEP data will be made available in summer 2020.

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