Best Practices in Engaging Public Health in Complete Streets Initiatives


This commissioned project develops a case study report of best practices regarding public health involvement in the development, adoption, and implementation/evaluation of complete streets policies.

The goal is to understand how public health got involved; what public health’s role has been and how that evolved; the scope of public health involvement (e.g., agency, advocacy); and understand what has worked with public health involvement and what barriers/challenges they have faced in this regard.

This is a qualitative research study involving up to 30 key informant interviews with 15 jurisdictions identified from across the country. Key informants were identified through snowball sampling and calls for nominations from national organizations including the National Complete Streets Coalition, the CDC Prevention Research Centers, the American Planning Association, the Active Transportation Alliance, and the National League of Cities.

Research Report

Public Health Engagement in Complete Streets Initiatives (April 2019 Report)Public Health Engagement in Complete Streets Initiatives:
Examples and Lessons Learned

This April 2019 report summarizes key strategies and provides examples of how public health agencies, advocates, and practitioners in 15 jurisdictions across the United States have engaged in Complete Streets-related initiatives in their communities. It describes their roles in the process and provides key lessons learned.

This report is available as a PDF in two sizes. Download the version appropriate for your computer:

Suggested citation: Sansone C, Sadowski J, Chriqui JF. Public Health Engagement in Complete Streets Initiatives: Examples and Lessons Learned. Chicago, IL: Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago. Available: April 2019.

Learn more about Dr. Chriqui's research on Complete Streets.

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Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) at the University of California, San Diego (supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)


Secondary funding support provided by the Illinois Prevention Research Center, a CDC Physical Activity Policy Research Network+ (PAPRN+) collaborating center

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