Health Impact Assessment Planned for Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan

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Health Impact Assessment Planned for Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan

May 10, 2013 Updated May 10, 2013 at 1:28 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The City of Duluth announced Friday that its departments of Planning and Construction Services and Business Economic Development will be conducting a health impact assessment to explore the potential health impacts of the Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan.

The Small Area Plan and health impact assessment will begin towards the end of May and wrap up at the end of the year.

The assessment is used to identify and address potential health benefits and health risks of a decision made in a field outside of the health sector. In this case, it would be the adoption of a new long-range plan for the neighborhood of Gary/New Duluth.

The neighborhood is situated adjacent to a landfill and the US Steel Plant Duluth Works site. Health concerns from the city are based on past pollution as well as the redevelopment of other adjacent industrial property.

Conducting the assessment helps provide an opportunity for City staff and the community to identify existing strengths and weaknesses of the neighborhood and to provide recommendations to the City Council to improve the health of residents through community based planning.

The city will also host public meetings and engage community members to receive more input and feedback on the plan and the health assessment.

There has only been one other health impact assessment completed in Duluth.It was done in 2011 and focused on the Sixth Avenue East Schematic Redesign Study.

The Gary new Duluth Small Area Plan HIA was made possible by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts dedicated to promoting the use of health impact assessments in the United States.

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