Projects and activities

The Supporting Healthy Inclusive Neighbourhood Environments Health Integration Team (SHINE HIT) works on several key areas to help ensure that budgets spent on city renewal, renovation and transport align with positive outcomes for people's health and community cohesion.

These include:

Healthy city

  • Adrian Davis is working as a member of Bristol City Council's Healthy Urban Team to embed health in the Council's transport planning and services.
  • Suzanne Audrey is working with the team in Bristol who are developing the 'Happy City Index'. It is hoped that elements of this index may be used to measure associations with health outcomes.
  • Marcus Grant provides advice on Healthy Urban Planning for the 100 Healthy Cities designated within the WHO European Network and, as a member of Bristol’s Healthy Urban Team, uses health impact assessment tools to support healthier planning in Bristol.

Active travel

  • Suzanne Audrey and Ashley Cooper are using their research expertise to examine the contribution that walking to work and school makes to physical activity levels, with consequent health benefits.
  • Adrian Davis works with Professor Alan Tapp (UWE) on Tracker surveys to gather long term data on attitudes and reported behaviours around cycling, and signs-only 20mph speed limits.
  • Suzanne is working with the Bristol Walking Festival team at Bristol City Council and a range of public engagement activities to promote the public health benefits of walking.
  • Adrian supervises the Traffic Choices project which has developed a tool to help apply evidence-based decision-making by residents to their choices of local traffic management schemes.
  • Adrian runs training sessions for transport planners and engineers in the use of the WHO Health Economic Assessment Tool.
  • Adrian produced one page summaries on how to capture the benefits of active travel to school which are now available as a School Travel Toolkit on the Travelwest website.

Child-friendly city

  • Angie Page is investigating children's independent mobility (their ability to go out unsupervised) and how this is strongly linked to physical activity and time spent outdoors.
  • Angie Page and Ashley Cooper are using combined GPS Global Positioning System (GPS) and activity monitoring to evaluate the 'Playing Out' project.
  • Ashley is a lead investigator in a number of studies investigating how the physical environment may influence children's activity behaviour.
  • Suzanne has published a systematic review regarding healthy urban environments for children and young people.

Age-friendly city

  • Selena Gray is Director of the Active People: Promoting Healthy Life Expectancy (APPHLE) HIT which is a team of academics, clinicians, commissioners and older people, working together to improve activity and health in later life.
  • Marcus Grant and Adrian Davis have been working with the World Health Organisation (WHO) to update their guidance for age-friendly environments.

Translating evidence

  • Adrian Davis regularly produces 'essential evidence on a page', summarising key research papers on transport and health.
  • Adrian is working on meanings of evidence and challenges for public health in engaging with other professions working on aspects of the built environment.
  • Marcus Grant is a co-investigator for a two year transdisciplinary research colloquium series 'Reuniting the evidence base for planning and health’.

Neighbourhood environments

  • Marcus Grant has been pioneering a process and tools to support inclusive health impact audits for communities to use for assessing their local residential neighbourhoods.
  • Ben Barker is a member of the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership which aims to increase accessibility, make the streets more attractive and build links between local people and organisations.
  • SHINE submitted a written evidence for the Lords Select Committee for National Policy for Built Environment.
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