Fox Valley Thrives Transportation Team Strategic Planning

Engaging the Fox Valley community to plan for equitable transit access

Full Project Name:Fox Valley Thrives Transportation Team Strategic PlanningPrimary Community Organization:ESTHER-Fox ValleyAward Amount:$10,000
Award Date
May2018
Project Duration:12 months

Project Description Narrative:


Equitable access to transportation has a direct impact on social determinants of health, including a person's ability to get a job, find affordable housing, access healthy food, connect to friends and family, and be physically active. In consultation with a large group of community stakeholders, Fox Valley Thrives, a regional alliance working to advance health equity through aligned efforts, relationship and capacity building, co-learning and strategic action, recognized the need to engage the community in defining transportation access needs in the region and empowering those community members to help drive change. This project aims to engage transit users, pedestrians, and bicyclists to identify factors that impact their transportation journey resulting in a summary report and long-term strategic plan that Fox Valley Thrives will use to engage the community to advocate for improved transit access to advance health outcomes in the region.

Project partners:
East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, ESTHER, Outagamie County Health Department, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Public Administration Department, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Urban Planning & Geography Department, Winnebago County Health Department

Outcomes & Lessons Learned:


• Conducted six focus groups with community residents and transit users (including college students, the elderly, transit workers, individuals with disabilities and those who commute from other areas of the Fox Valley), and business owners to gain insights into current strengths and barriers related to transportation options in the greater Oshkosh area

• Drafted a summary report of responses to be shared with the community and local decision-makers to inform future transportation policy

• Developed a summary report of focus groups responses to be shared with the community and local decision-makers to inform future transportation policy

• Updated the Fox Valley Thrives Transportation Team Strategic Plan based project accomplishments and lessons learned to guide the partnership towards action to improve transportation access, address social determinants of health, and raise the voices of people walking, biking, and using transit

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