Healthy Neighborhoods for a Healthy Detroit (D-HIA)

Location
Detroit, Michigan
Organization(s)
D-HIA, an affiliated partnership of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC)

This Health Impact Assessment will inform the implementation of the Detroit Future City Strategic Framework plan. Developed over three years to address challenges associated with reduced population and revenues, the citywide plan will guide decisions on economic growth, land use, city systems, and neighborhoods. A key strategy is to redistribute investment in city services and infrastructure—such as street lighting, waste, roads, and blight reduction—toward more-populated parts of the city. Greater investments in such areas could stabilize neighborhoods and improve safety; reduction of services in high-vacancy areas creates potential challenges for residents. Health issues to be addressed include the plan's impact on neighborhood stability and social support systems, financial security, environmental conditions, housing, and public safety.  The HIA will lead to recommendations on protecting the health and safety of Detroit residents.