The Health and Transportation Nexus: A Conceptual Framework for Collaborative Health and Transportation Planning

Principal Investigator(s):

Yingling Fan, Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Project summary:

Transportation organizations across the nation have increasingly incorporated health considerations into transportation planning practices. Following the social determinants of health framework, place-based social and physical environments could create or limit opportunities to improve and maintain human health. Transportation is a crucial contributor to health: it not only directly shapes the social and physical environments in myriad ways but also determines the type of places where people could live, learn, work and play in their everyday life. This project aims to develop a health and transportation conceptual framework for the Minnesota Department of Transportation to navigate pathways between transportation and health and to promote collaborative transportation and health planning. We will develop the conceptual framework based upon a thorough review of the academic literature and gray resources on health and transportation connections and a series of semi-structured interviews with content experts. Findings from the review and interviews will be synthesized into a concise report.

Project details:

  • Project number: 2022007
  • Start date: 06/2021
  • Project status: Active
  • Research area: Planning and Economy
  • Topics: Health, Planning