Health Promotion Through Environmental Design (HPTED)

A photo of Mott Park Playground (2022)

Project Details


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

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.

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. The project takes place in Flint, MI, a community we have worked with for over 20 years. Our community partnerships, work with multiple universities, as well as our previous studies and research experience help create an approach to healthy and inclusive change.

Our goal is to conduct a city-wide evaluation of HPTED strategies that modify or activate the built environment. These strategies, which can be large or small scale, temporary (e.g., a pop-up healthy eating event), or permanent (e.g., a demolition), focus on:

  • Improving neighborhood safety
  • Creating healthy environments for people to live, work, and play
  • Bringing people together to create more connected communities

We are investigating the effects of these strategies on neighborhood health, crime and safety, and community connectedness and establishing an evidence base. This is accomplished by PRC-MI and HPTED partners:

  • Collecting information about HPTED activities that are occurring in Flint, MI (view our HPTED Implementation Recruitment Flier to learn more and get involved),
  • Conducting neighborhood surveys to measure resident activities, health behaviors, and perceptions of their neighborhood, and
  • Using the Neighborhood Inventory for Environmental Typology (NIfETy) to measure features of the built and social environment that may affect health and violence outcomes.

HPTED Partners

The HPTED core research project is implemented in partnership with:

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