The Alliance for a Better Community (ABC) released a new report "Places, Spaces and People: How the Urban Environment Impacts Health." The report is the result of a community-driven research project wherein Boyle Heights and East LA residents and stakeholders identified key health concerns in the community, and developed strategic solutions. The resulting policy ideas are both significant and doable: they stress the importance of schools as epicenters for healthy living and focus infrastructure improvements on creating buffer zones around both schools and parks.
This report continues in PERE's tradition of building university - community partnerships. PERE supported the research and helped to frame the final report in the broader context of health and place. In his forward, PERE Director, Manuel Pastor, reflects on how national trends towards creating healthy places - including First Lady Obama's Let's Move! initiative and the National Healthy Food Financing Initiative – set a strong framework in which ABC's work can move forward.