Health Promotion Through Environmental Design (HPTED)

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Project Details

Description

The Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC-Michigan)

The PRC-Michigan is one of twenty-six CDC-funded Prevention Research Centers across the country. The University of Michigan has received funding to host a center since 1994, and it has demonstrated expertise in applied research and sustained academic-community partnerships. Core research projects of the PRC-Michigan include:

  • 2019-2024 — Health Promotion Through Environmental Design
  • 2009-2014 — HOPE: Using Social Networks and Technology to Promote Healthy Sexuality
  • 2004-2009 — Community Capacity-Building to Reduce Health Disparities by Encouraging Use of Community Survey Data
  • 2004-2009 — Speak to Your Health! Community Survey
  • 1998-2004 — Improving Adolescent Health Through Enhanced Father-Son Relationships

Based at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the PRC-Michigan is part of the Prevention Research Collaborative which includes the Michigan Youth Violence Prevention Center, the National Center for School Safety, Youth Empowerment Solutions, and other projects.

The PRC-Michigan is guided by a Community Advisory Board (CAB) which includes organizations from the Flint and Genesee County community, led by the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center Community Core.

Health Promotion Through Environmental Design (HPTED)

Health Promotion Through Environmental Design is the core project of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC-MI). HTPED was awarded CDC funding from 2019-2024.

CDC PRC featured imageHealth Promotion Through Environmental Design (HPTED) is focused on addressing inequalities in health. It is guided by Busy Streets Theory (BST) which empowers communities by bringing people together so they can make their neighborhoods safer and healthier. HPTED is the core project of the PRC-Michigan.

Our HPTED research project is designed to adapt Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) for health promotion and health equity as a way to empower neighborhoods to create safe and healthy built environments to improve psychological and behavioral health.

Our goal is to conduct a city-wide evaluation of HPTED strategies that modify or activate the built environment. These strategies focus on improving neighborhood safety, creating healthy environments for people to live, work, and play, and bringing people together to create more connected communities. HPTED strategies can be large or small scale, temporary (e.g., a pop-up healthy eating event) or permanent (e.g., a demolition).

We will investigate the effects of HPTED strategies on neighborhood health, crime and safety, and community connectedness. Our aim is to establish an evidence base. To do this, the PRC-Michigan and partners will:

  1. Collect information about HPTED activities that are occurring in Flint,
  2. Conduct neighborhood surveys to measure resident activities, health behaviors, and perceptions of their neighborhood, and
  3. Use the Neighborhood Inventory for Environmental Typology (NIfETy) to measure features of the built and social environment that may affect health and violence outcomes.

Our research project will take place in Flint, MI where we have worked with the community on our research for over 20 years. Our community partnerships, previous studies, research experience, and work with multiple universities will help create an approach to healthy and inclusive change.

The HPTED core research project is implemented in partnership with: Neighborhood Engagement Hub, Crim Fitness Foundation, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, University Avenue Corridor Coalition, Genesee County Landbank, Flint Neighborhoods United, and the Healthy Flint Research Coordinating Center (HFRCC) Community Core.