This resource was developed by one of the CHSC grantees and is universally useful even though it was developed with small upstate communities in mind. It contains several 1-2 page checklist style street and sidewalk assessments as well as action planning tools.
A new assessment tool for assessing the rural built environment (iCHART) looks at community design, transportation infrastructure, safety, aesthetics, and recreational facilities. The tool was tested in 5 rural communities, including 2 in New York.
In 2015, in partnership with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association (CCAPA), EHHD was awarded a Plan4Health grant by the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA). The focus of this grant is to support EHHD/CCAPA efforts to increase physical activity and access to healthy foods in the region’s towns by helping them link their planning and public health programs with a focus on healthier communities. This toolkit is designed to support the EHHD region towns, as well as any other small, rural towns, in these efforts. The EHHD and its CHART Coalition are actively working to help their communities create places where residents will have more opportunities to be physically active, eat healthy foods, and have fun!
This document is intended to be a resource for transportation practitioners in small towns and rural communities. It applies existing national design guidelines in a rural setting and highlights small town and rural case studies. It addresses challenges specific to rural areas, recognizes how many rural roadways are operating today, and focuses on opportunities to make incremental improvements despite the geographic, fiscal, and other challenges that many rural communities face.
This online design resource and idea book is intended to help small towns and rural communities support safe, comfortable, and active travel for people of all ages and abilities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation recently released a resource for transportation practitioners in small towns and rural communities titled “Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networks.” It applies existing national design guidelines to rural settings and highlights small town and rural case studies. Challenges specific to rural communities are addressed and focus on opportunities to make incremental improvements despite these geographic, fiscal, and other challenges.
Rural communities across the country have implemented innovative strategies to help residents eat well, be physically active, and make schools healthier places for their children. These handouts highlight stories from rural communities that have used local assets to promote health.
Nutritious food drive donation suggestions, using the MyPlate model: MyPlate Food Drive Flyer
Nutritious food drive donation suggestions: FBCNY Food Drive Nutritious Suggestions
Three PDFs provide tools for healthy food donations: a volunteer pull sheet, a food drive flyer, and healthy shelf signage