Health Impact Project: Scott County

Health Impact Project: Scott County

Through a 3-day design charrette in Scott County, Tennessee, students learned about built environment factors that shape rural areas and how they can leverage civic design and placemaking to create more functional, healthy spaces within their community.  Students conducted needs assessments in several key areas of their community, using mapping as a tool to conceptualize Scott County’s assets, challenges, and opportunities. They then used placemaking to redesign these key areas to highlight the community's cultural identity. Armed with their new understanding of placemaking as means of promoting health and economic vitality, students took on several tactical urbanism projects in their community, including a beautification project at the county’s homeless shelter and the installation of a crosswalk outside of a local senior center. Finally, students hosted a Youth Town Hall where they invited their community to a presentation of their design work and a call to action to support their ongoing efforts of improvement. This Youth Town Hall has generated a momentum in Scott County for a healthier future that community leaders such as elected officials, school administrators, and school board members are eager to support.

      

      

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