The health of individuals and communities is influenced by transportation infrastructure, access and mobility, and community design. Inequitable distribution of these conditions, including safe, convenient, and comfortable routes to daily destinations, is a significant contributor to persistent and pervasive health disparities in our communities.
The Mid-Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MRMPO) has an important role in supporting public health initiatives and is committed to cultivating new partnerships and developing policies and data collection through the lens of public health and equity.
MRMPO is committed to building coalitions with local public health professionals through collaboration between planning agencies and health organizations, improving technical analyses that incorporate public health measures, and engaging community members about issues related to public health and transportation.
To address public health and more equitable transportation planning, MRMPO has done a variety of accessibility analyses to identify communities in need of mobility improvement. Learn more about planning for equity, or take a look at this interactive map.
Healthy Here Initiative
Since 2014 MRMPO has been a key partner in the Healthy Here Initiative, which uses a collective impact model to improve health and reduce chronic disease disparities among Hispanic and Native American populations in Bernalillo County with efforts focused on three low-income, high-minority areas:
- International District
- South Valley
- 2nd/4th Street Corridor
The Initiative helps implement nutrition, physical activity, and community clinical linkages strategies to expand and increase safe, convenient, and comfortable connections to places for physical activity, healthy foods, and chronic disease management.
This work is done through a network of partners and stakeholders including the Bernalillo County Community Health Council, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, the International District Healthy Communities Coalition (IDHCC), and numerous community-based organizations focused on community health and equity. The Healthy Here Initiative is funded in part by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program.
Other efforts the MRMPO leads or is involved in that have significant public health goals and strategies are listed here: