Safe. Healthy. Affordable.
Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. As a strategic partner with the Active Transportation COI, Plan4Health is helping us grow and strengthen partnerships around the common goal of increasing access to safe, healthy, and affordable active transportation. These partnerships are essential to addressing health disparities in our community.
The Pierce County portion of the Puyallup Watershed has a population of more than 400,000 and is characterized as being more diverse, but with lower rates of education and lower median income when compared to the rest of the state. More than nine percent of families live below the poverty line and 14 percent do not carry health insurance. Pierce County ranked 21st out of 39 counties in Washington for overall health outcomes. Heart disease and cancer are two of the top causes of death, with rates higher than state averages.
Pedestrian and bicycle safety are major concerns as well. Between 2013-2014, 16 deaths, 80 serious injuries, and hundreds of less severe accidents occurred in Pierce County.
With support from Plan4Health, the Active Transportation COI seeks to engage area residents in planning and policy making through community education and training. Priority jurisdictions will be identified and the coalition will help each community develop and implement a policy, systems, and environmental change action plan focused on improving access to safe, healthy, and affordable active transportation options.
To learn more about the Active Transportation Community of Interest and all coalitions participating in Plan4Health, check out www.plan4health.us.
"Plan4Health has enabled us to grow and strengthen partnerships that are essential to addressing health disparities in our community."