News Releases from Region 06
Two Louisiana Communities Receive Assistance through EPA’s Healthy Places for Healthy People Initiative
City of Bunkie, Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe among six recipients nationwide
DALLAS – (June 15, 2018) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined other federal partners in announcing technical assistance for six communities, including two in Louisiana, in using local health facilities as a driver for improving health and revitalizing the local economy. The assistance is provided through Healthy Places for Healthy People (HP2), a federal initiative that engages with community leaders and health care partners to create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant downtowns and neighborhoods. HP2 supports the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America.
The City of Bunkie, Move Bunkie Forward, and Bunkie General Hospital are aiming to integrate main street revitalization strategies with health improvement efforts, seeking greater economic stability and improved human health. The Isle de Jean Charles Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw Tribe is relocating to a new community in Schriever, Louisiana, after being displaced from an area of Louisiana that has experienced coastal land loss. The workshop will help them visualize an environmentally friendly design with access to physical activity, healthy food, and health care.
“EPA is committed to helping communities create healthy, thriving places to live, work, and raise families” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “We look forward to working with these local partners on plans that can support revitalization while improving health and protecting the environment.”
During two-day workshops, a team of experts will help each community identify local assets that can be used to support health and economic revitalization. The technical assistance team will also help prepare an implementation plan and help identify potential resources from the participating federal agencies to support implementation.
The other 2018 HP2 community projects include:
Livingston, AL – The City of Livingston and University of West Alabama will collaborate to develop health and wellness initiatives in downtown Livingston, the Sumter County seat, in an effort to improve access to health care and healthy food, provide economic development opportunities, and support downtown revitalization efforts.
Osceola, MO – The West Central Missouri Community Action Agency, City of Osceola, Osceola Optimist Club, Osceola Schools, and St. Clair County Economic Development office are working with two hospitals that have invested in health clinics in Osceola to plan for new sidewalks, trails, and housing to serve an aging population. This work will tie health into broader economic development efforts that take advantage of the area’s natural assets to boost tourism and the economy.
Weldon, NC – The Town of Weldon, Halifax Community College, and Roanoke Valley Community Health Initiative are partnering to improve health care access and downtown walkability with the goal of improving economic, environmental, and community health.
Wenatchee, WA – The Trust for Public Land, City of Wenatchee, Confluence Health, Community Choice, and neighborhood residents are aiming to revitalize a park in South Wenatchee. The goal is to connect the park to downtown, support health-focused entrepreneurs, and help the community embed economic development considerations into efforts to improve the mental, physical, and environmental health for all residents.
Assistance is sponsored by EPA, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-Health Resources and Services Administration, and Delta Regional Authority. In 2017, HP2 helped ten communities create opportunities for healthy behaviors and lifestyles and downtown revitalization strategies for economic and environmental outcomes.
HP2 is one of several planning assistance programs that supports the Trump Administration’s Executive Order on Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America. Other programs include Local Foods, Local Places, which helps communities grow the local food economy, and Cool & Connected, which focuses on using broadband resources to support revitalization.
For more information on Healthy Places for Healthy People: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/healthy-places-healthy-people
For more information on Local Foods, Local Places:
For more information on Cool & Connected: https://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/cool-connected
For more about EPA’s work in Louisiana: https://www.epa.gov/la
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