Friday Transportation Seminar: Impacting Health and Racial Equity through Gresham’s Active Transportation Plan

Friday, May 11, 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm PDT
Jay Higgins, City of Gresham; Mike Sellinger, Alta Planning + Design; Becky Bodonyi, Multnomah County Health Department
Karl Miller Center at PSU, 615 SW Harrison St., Room 465
PDH: 1 | AICP: 1

Friday Transportation Seminars at Portland State University have been a tradition since 2000. With over 450 seminars presented and recorded (access the archive of seminars here), we host both visiting and local scholars to share the latest in research, technology, and implementation in transportation.


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Gresham recently completed its first Active Transportation Plan. With the support of Multnomah County Health Department, the City integrated health and equity into the plan’s development from the earliest stages. The project team used a racial equity framework to guide its process and to evaluate the plan’s milestones; the equity lens influenced the project’s goals, data analysis, how the public process was conducted and how the final project list was prioritized. The session will share how the equity lens was applied and the steps the City took to include health and equity considerations in the plan. We’ll talk about how Liaisons hired from the community were central to community engagement and the training that enhanced their communication and leadership skills. We’ll also review the types of data, including community engagement findings, that were used in plan development and how data supported equitable outcomes in project prioritization.

This presentation was recently given at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit in March 2018. We're excited to bring it to Portland State University students.


Jay Higgins is a Transportation Planner at City of Gresham and Project Manager for the Active Transportation Plan. Jay’s work in Gresham focuses on long-range transportation planning, walking and biking programs and current planning.

Mike Sellinger is a Transportation Planner at Alta Planning + Design. He works on a range of active transportation projects, from Safe Routes to School programs to bike share planning.

Becky Bodonyi is a Program Specialist with Multnomah County Health Department. An urban planner by training, she found her way to the public health sector where she focuses on how neighborhoods influence community health, particularly through transportation systems and food access.


This 60-minute seminar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.


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