In partnership with the Liberty Community Health Action Team (LCHAT) and the City of Liberty, the Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC) used an Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to assess healthy community design in Liberty, MO. The rapid HIA aimed to determine the health outcomes related to having sidewalks on one side versus two sides of the street. The second part of the project assessed health impacts related to street design, specifically grid design versus cul-de-sac design.
The plan was to conduct a rapid HIA, meaning the research would be done in a short time
frame and would primarily focus on secondary data and a literature review. This type of data
collection proved to be more difficult than expected, and it was decided the team would collect
primary data regarding Liberty residents’ behaviors regarding walking and biking, as well as
their preferences regarding the two street designs.