In early March, the Nebraska Walkable Communities project steering committee came together as a diverse group of strong and engaged stakeholders to determine the best strategies and opportunities for making safer streets and increasing walkability in Nebraska. At the 1.5-day collaborative kickoff design meeting, the leaders of this ground-breaking project built stronger connections, gained consensus on the project purpose and outcomes, and created prioritized action plans to ensure the project’s success.
The 1.5-day collaborative meeting was designed to give the members of the steering committee the opportunity to discuss some of the challenges, opportunities, and possibilities that exist to increase walkability and health outcomes in Nebraska.
In addition, an outstanding panel of leading walkability experts provided the steering committee with actionable strategies and lessons learned from their work, including:
- IanThomas, State and Local Program Director, America Walks
- Jessica Davies, Panhandle Public Health Department, Worksite Wellness Coordinator
- Becky Sullivan, Mary Lanning Healthcare & Healthy Hasting Member- Wellness Department Manager
- Julie Harris, Livewell Omaha- Bicycle and Pedestrian Manager
“This was the beginning of an exciting investment into creating a more walkable and healthy Nebraska,” remarked Brian Coyle, Physical Activity Coordinator for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health (the primary sponsor of the project). “The project steering committee will guide the overall project as we work with six+ communities to create the prioritized and strategic action plans they need to increase walkability and overall health of their respective communities. The overall impact that this has for Nebraskans is exciting and the collaborative process we’re using to guide our work will give local community members an opportunity to directly engage in creating and implementing their actions.”
S & G Endeavors is excited to be working with Brian and his team to help lead this project. And, we’ll definitely be keeping our friends in the loop as we move forward. Stay tuned…