Senate Bill 731
Summarizes the health status of NC and examines the potential impacts of passing SB731 and amending zoning legislation.
Davidson Street Design Standards
How the design of Davidson’s streets will promote active transportation and affect resident health.
Red Line Commuter Rail
Potential health impacts of converting the existing rail line to accommodate additional freight travel and commuter train service.
Food System Planning
Examines the existing food environment in Davidson on the basis of providing healthy, fresh, local, and affordable food.
Parks, Recreation & Public Spaces Plan
Recommendations to increase the use of parks, recreation, and
Making environments usable by everyone regardless of their age, ability, or circumstance within Davidson’s planning ordinance.
Pedestrian and Active Transportation Plan
The goal of the HIA will be to make recommendations to increase health equity, community-wide physical activity levels, and travel choices for all ages and abilities.
Worksite Wellness in Davidson
Overall, worksite wellness programs are very worthwhile, as they can result in significant health improvement of the workforce and economic savings for businesses. With the number of working adults developing chronic diseases or having risk factors for chronic diseases on the rise, addressing employee health is critical. Having an unhealthy workforce, contributes to rising health care costs, disability costs, and worker’s compensation expenses, as well as reduced productivity and increased absenteeism. The risk factors for chronic disease, including obesity, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, are directly associated with productivity.
The purpose of this HIA is to assess the current state of worksite wellness in Davidson, North Carolina. Additionally, this HIA will examine potential mechanisms by which the Town of Davidson can assist or support small and large employers in efforts to increase worksite wellness capacity. By increasing the worksite wellness capacity, the health of both the employees and their families in Davidson should improve.
Davidson Comprehensive Plan
In August 2008, the Town of Davidson embarked on a two-year comprehensive planning process involving extensive stakeholder participation through the use of study groups based on the general topics of Community Character, Community Development, Environmental Sustainability, Economic Development, Mobility, Local Government, and Growth Management. The final plan was adopted by the Davidson Board of Commissioners on August 10, 2010 and an update to the Davidson Comprehensive Plan is scheduled for the 2015 fiscal year.
The purpose of this HIA is to review the current comprehensive plan through a “public health lens” and recommend ways to strengthen language within the plan to further support healthy community design efforts. With this purpose in mind, the livability themes in Davidson’s comprehensive plan were compared to the Community Health and Wellness Element of the Richmond General Plan, which recognizes 10 components of healthy community planning.
Initial analysis was conducted by Katherine Hebert, Davidson Design for Life Coordinator with additional input provided by members of the Davidson Design for Life Team, additional town staff, and advisory boards. This report, appendices, and associated efforts will be used to guide the 2015 plan update as well as inform future planning efforts to further incorporate public health considerations as part of the town’s larger Health in All Policies approach.