Safe Routes to School

Academic Year 
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences - Department of Health and Human Physiology
Project Partner 


In September 2014, Siouxland District Health Department (SDHD) was awarded a 3 year grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) entitled Partnership to Improve Community Health (PICH). With the support of this grant, SDHD and the Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Council (SIMPCO) have been very successful at implementing Safe Routes to School and Walking School Bus projects in Sioux City and Sergeant Bluff. With the help of students and faculty in a University of Iowa Health and Human Physiology Department course, their efforts will now extend to two new communities in Woodbury County, IA.


Students will conduct walkability assessments in two rural Woodbury County Communities. Using data from the assessments, students will use ArcGIS Online to create a map of each community’s walkability strengths and weaknesses. They will also prepare a color-coded excel spreadsheet and geo-located photographs of each community’s walkability challenges. These deliverables will be shared with the community leaders, and play an essential role in moving these communities towards a built environment that encourages safe and healthy physical activity.