The Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Shared Use Task Force named Erika Hood, REACH Community Fellow and active living strategy coordinator at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, one of two Shared Use Ambassadors for spring 2017.
The National Shared Use Task Force created the Shared Use Ambassador program to acknowledge the innovative and dedicated work of individuals and organizations that are advancing shared use in their communities to improve public health through physical activity opportunities that might not otherwise be available.
Shared use is the concept of opening access to facilities or spaces for the community—using existing resources and facilities to create increased access to physical activity and healthy living opportunities for diverse populations.
As an evidence-based and policy, systems and environment change strategy, communities are implementing shared use policies, agreements and relationships that provide physical activity opportunities in underserved neighborhoods to improve health.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a national nonprofit that advances policy change and catalyzes support for healthy, active communities, starting with walking and bicycling to school.
Hood and her counterpart ambassador, Ruth Bell, of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, will co-present a national webinar July 20 to introduce their programs, share best practices and resources, and answer questions.