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Municipal Officials' Participation in Built Environment Policy Development in the United States
UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center Publications
  • Stephenie C. Lemon, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Karin V. Goins, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Kristin L. Schneider, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
  • Ross C. Brownson, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Cheryl A. Valko, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Kelly R. Evenson, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • Amy A. Eyler, Washington University, St. Louis
  • Katie M. Heinrich, Kansas State University
  • Jill Litt, University of Colorado Denver
  • Rodney Lyn, Georgia State University
  • Hannah L. Reed, University of Colorado Denver
  • Nancy O'Hara Tompkins, West Virginia University
  • Jay Maddock, University of Hawaii, Honolulu
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UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center; Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine
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PURPOSE: This study examined municipal officials' participation in built environment policy initiatives focused on land use design, transportation, and parks and recreation. DESIGN: Web-based cross-sectional survey. SETTING: Eighty-three municipalities with 50,000 or more residents in eight states. SUBJECTS: Four hundred fifty-three elected and appointed municipal officials. MEASURES: Outcomes included self-reported participation in land use design, transportation, and parks and recreation policy to increase physical activity. Independent variables included respondent position; perceptions of importance, barriers, and beliefs regarding physical activity and community design and layout; and physical activity partnership participation. ANALYSIS: Multivariable logistic regression models. RESULTS: Compared to other positions, public health officials had lower participation in land use design (78.3% vs. 29.0%), transportation (78.1% vs. 42.1%), and parks and recreation (67.1% vs. 26.3%) policy. Perceived limited staff was negatively associated with participation in each policy initiative. Perceptions of the extent to which physical activity was considered in community design and physical activity partnership participation were positively associated with participation in each. Perceived lack of collaboration was associated with less land use design and transportation policy participation, and awareness that community design affects physical activity was associated with more participation. Perceived lack of political will was associated with less parks and recreation policy participation. CONCLUSION: Public health officials are underrepresented in built environment policy initiatives. Improving collaborations may improve municipal officials' policy participation.
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EAm J Health Promot. 2015 Sep-Oct;30(1):42-9. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.131021-QUAN-536. Epub 2014 Nov 5. Link to article on publisher's site
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Stephenie C. Lemon, Karin V. Goins, Kristin L. Schneider, Ross C. Brownson, et al.. "Municipal Officials' Participation in Built Environment Policy Development in the United States" Vol. 30 Iss. 1 (2015) ISSN: 0890-1171 (Linking)
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