Social Equity

The social and physical environments in which people are born, live, learn, play, work and age significantly impact social and physical health. Cultivating Healthy Places believes that all people—regardless of race, ethnicity, culture, gender, income, physical ability and age—should have access to health supportive environments. Such environments:

  • Offer equal opportunity for all people to fully participate and prosper in community life, and;
  • Provide equal access to quality jobs, schools, and health services; affordable housing; safe parks and recreation facilities; public transportation; good schools; healthy and affordable food; and opportunities for physical activity.

Listed below are a variety of social equity related projects completed by Cultivating Healthy Places’ founder and owner, Kimberley Hodgson, while she was Senior Research Associate and Manager of the Planning and Community Health Research Center at the American Planning Association; Research Assistant in the Department of Urban Affairs & Planning at Virginia Tech; or Field Faculty and Extension Specialist at Virginia Cooperative Extension.

American Planning Association

Creating Community-Based Brownfield Redevelopment Strategies. Managed the development of Creating Community-Based Brownfield Redevelopment Strategiesa guide to redeveloping brownfield sites. This guide intends to empower residents to actively and effectively participate in brownfield site redevelopment and understand how different development strategies will benefit their communities.

The Role of Arts & Culture in Planning Practice. As part of a collaborative project with the RMC Corporation and with funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, developed a series of briefing papers to illustrate how planners use arts and culture strategies to achieve economic, social, environmental, and community goals.

Planning for Food Access Research Study. Awarded $100,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research Program to identify and evaluate comprehensive and sustainability plans across the country that address food systems issues, specifically food access.

Virginia Cooperative Extension

New York City Health Disparities Training. Developed and delivered a continuing education workshop, titled New York City Health Disparities: The Relationship between Food Availability and Chronic Disease, for a non-profit organization’s community volunteers.

Virginia Tech

Regulation of Food Access through Comprehensive Planning and Zoning. While a graduate student at Virginia Tech, authored a report on the role of comprehensive planning and zoning in regulation food access.