Pathways to Health

Previous Events


Charles Brown, MPA is a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both at Rutgers University. He has 15 years of public and private sector experience in transportation planning, policy, and research, and extensive experience in community development across three states: Mississippi, Florida and New Jersey. 

He is considered a national thought leader and a leading voice in bike equity, environmental justice, open streets, and complete streets policy adoption and implementation. His work has been featured by or quoted in the New York Times, NPR, Streetsblog Los Angeles and Chicago, CityLab, and various other national and local media outlets.

He was recently interviewed for the Bike Nerds Podcast and published a widely lauded series for the Better Bike Share blog on “Silent Barriers to Bicycling”

follow Charles on twitter at @ctbrown1911

Presented by Kaiser Permanente


Summit Date: 11:30-4:30, Thursday, March 23, 2017

Event Venue:

The Ranch Events Complex

5280 Arena Circle

Loveland, CO 80538

Pathways was a GREAT event! Over 100 Northern Colorado public health professionals, planners and advocates convened to learn about the connections between the built environment and health/transportation equity.

Event Program


Check out the Closing Panel: Reflective Community Engagement as a Pathway to Change  in its entirety

“What if we approached community engagement as a learning practice rather than something required to check off or get though for a project? What if we, as practitioners and built environment professionals, approached our work and practices by asking rigorous questions of ourselves? How does curiosity shape our cultural competency? These are the kinds of questions that the panelists use to frame their work with and in communities, particularly vulnerable communities –i.e. youth, elders, POC, LGBTQX, people with different physical abilities, immigrants, etc. They’ll speak to their work as well as weave in examples of successful community engagement models and/or practices.”

Check out our keynote address by Dr. Richard Jackson of UCLA




Bike Fort Collins and Larimer County Department of Health and Environment and Kaiser Permanente are hosting Pathways to Health: Connecting Neighborhoods and Streets For All on Thursday, March 23, 2017. The summit will focus on the connections between health, the built environment, and active transportation.



Our physical environment comprises both built and natural space, places where we live, work, and play. The design of these places as well as their accessibility through a variety of transportation modes – or lack thereof – can influence the health and well-being of our communities as well as individual behaviors related to healthy eating and physical activity.

Unfortunately, inequalities are rooted in how our communities were and, in some cases, continue to be, designed, funded, and maintained leading to health disparities. The dramatic growth and associated affordability challenges in Northern Colorado threaten to exacerbate existing inequities.

As planning and design have such a profound impact on the health and wellness of communities, practitioners ought to carefully weigh and consider the expressed needs of the people living in them, particularly vulnerable and historically marginalized people, when making decisions. An understanding of the root causes of inequities in our communities, their relationship to planning and design, what’s at stake, and how to work together can help build a fairer and more equitable future for our region.


Summit Description

A healthy community is one that addresses health through all policies and embraces inclusive community engagement to promote physical activity and mental and social well-being. This summit will explore how planning with a lens for health can create vibrant communities that are engaged, healthy, and inclusive. We are seeking sessions that will challenge participants to understand systemic shortcomings and inspire them to take action to promote a healthier community through toolkits, example programs and policies, and partnerships.  

Learning Objectives: By the end of the summit attendees will learn the following:

  1. Understand aspects of the built environment that promote and hinder positive community health outcomes.
  2. Understand the historical context and systemic shortfalls that contribute to health disparities and relevant tools and best practices to address them.
  3. Understand how to incorporate data and/or community engagement into built environment projects and why these are integral for success.


The program will feature keynote speaker Dr. Richard Jackson as well as a series of breakout sessions intended to “drill down” to more specific topics around transportation and health equity.