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Missoula City-County Health Department: Health Promotion

Missoula City-County Health Department: Health Promotion

Healthy Built Environment

 Healthy built environments positively impact:

  1. Physical activity and active living (and all related physical & mental health)
  2. Health care costs
  3. Children’s wellbeing & youth development
  4. Aging population
  5. Air quality, traffic congestion, road costs
  6. Traffic crashes & other safety
  7. Livability & affordability for all Missoulians
  8. Climate change & energy use
  9. Social connectedness and capital
  10. Community & economic vitality, appeal
  11. Water quality & other land use

Components of a healthy built environment:

  1. Complete streets, sidewalks & bikeways
  2. Places that are safe (perceived as safe)
  3. 0.25 miles from services and appealing destinations
  4. Trails and connectedness
  5. Access to parks, recreation sites and greenspaces
  6. Vital centers-mixed use
  7. Well designed density
  8. Appropriate mix of housing & affordability
  9. Reduced vehicle miles traveled
  10. Access to mass transit
  11. Green buildings & design

Healthy built environments components can be applied to large or small areas including:

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Missoula Programs and Organizations

Office of Planning & Grants

The Missoula Office of Planning and Grants provides planning, program development and implementation services. OPG engages in natural resources and land-use planning, community development activities, and grant programs that effectively improve the health, safety, and welfare of Missoula County residents. You can find maps, data, subdivision regulations, zoning codes, all existing plans incl. growth master plan, transportation and neighborhood plans, and more.

Missoula Redevelopment Agency

City Council created the Missoula Redevelopment Agency to encourage new development and redevelopment in Missoula pursuant to its three adopted Urban Renewal District Plans. MRA reclaims blighted urban renewal areas by preserving existing public investment, enhancing the tax base, generating employment, and stimulating private investment. MRA encourages infill development and the adaptive reuse of the built environment.

City of Missoula Parks & Recreation Department

Beyond managing and developing an extensive park network, Parks & Rec also works on the trail system and open space concerns.

City of Missoula Bike-Pedestrian Program

HomeWORD uses innovative, sustainable, and replicable methods to develop affordable housing and asset-building strategies for those most in need.
Missoula In Motion champions carpooling, biking, walking, use of mass transit, vanpooling, telecommuting.

Missoula In Motion champions carpooling, biking, walking, use of mass transit, vanpooling, telecommuting.

Bike Walk Alliance of Missoula (BWAM)

Missoula Institute of Sustainable Transportation:

Missoula Measures - indicators, other data, and pertinent links on scores of topics related to health and quality of life in Missoula County.

Safe Routes to School

Eat Smart / Move More Program - A Health Department program started in 2002 to improve health by promoting physical activity and healthier food choices for all Missoula County residents.

Community Resources

Walkability Checklist

Related information

Active Living by Design - Robert Woods Johnson Foundation

Active Environments - CDC

Physical Activity - Missoula



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