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Live Healthy Miami Gardens

Live Healthy Miami Gardens

Community Liaisons

UHP has implemented our Community Liaison (CL) Framework in communities throughout South Florida. In support of our Live Healthy Miami Gardens project, 3 CLs who are residents of Miami Gardens have been hired to serve as bike/walk community coordinators. The CLs will help advance the work and sustain the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program over the long term. The CLs will receive training and support to become champions for health and active transportation and work side-by-side with the UHP team in the implementation of the SRTS strategies. 

Meet our Community Liaisons! (Please stay tuned for updates)

Meet Michelle Booth!

Michelle Booth joined UHP as the Bike/Walk Community Liaison in October of 2019. She is currently working on her master’s degree in School Counseling at St Thomas University. Michelle has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice with Homeland Security. Michelle was born and raised in the city of Carol City located in Miami Gardens. She hopes to maximize collaboration among all local families and schools to improve the quality of life of the families in the area. Prior to joining UHP, Michelle has worked at an Elementary School and Middle school in the hopes to bring a change with her outgoing spirit and her love for the community and the kids. She is passionate in helping and empowering the community through advocacy and developing strategies that improve health and social outcomes.


Meet Ebony Harris!

Ebony Harris has spent her adult life nurturing children through self-created programs that emphasize educational growth, daily living skills, and positive self-affirmations. As a City of Miami Gardens resident, her main objective as a Community Liaison is to continue to advocate for safe and conducive environments for Miami-Dade County students.


Meet Maritza Vereen!

Maritza Vereen has spent her time on this project focused on the need to ensure that Miami Gardens children know how to navigate public spaces in a safe and appropriate way. As a mother, she sees the importance of ensuring that Miami Gardens and other cities have a built environment conducive to the needs of children of all ages and parents as they get to and from school.

About Our Collective Impact Work with Live Healthy Miami Gardens

Urban Health Partnerships has partnered with Live Healthy Miami Gardens (LHMG) since 2016 in support of a healthier and more equitable Miami Gardens community. Live Healthy Miami Gardens aims to foster and maintain a community culture of health and well-being for all residents of the city through access, information, activities and services. LHMG works to develop and implement community-level strategies to address 5 focus areas:  

• Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs 

• Healthy Eating and Improved Nutrition 

• Mental Health 

• Physical Activity 

• Primary Health Care

UHP has worked closely with the LHMG Physical Activity and Nutrition (PAN) Subcouncil to lead in the identification of policy, systems, and built and social environmental changes that can help increase physical activity and improve the health of Miami Gardens residents. UHP has partnered with LHMG on various projects. Visit the tabs on the left of this page for more information. 

Live Healthy Miami Gardens is an initiative aimed at making this vibrant neighborhood a healthier place to live. The initiative, which launched in 2014, focuses on bringing the community together, following a strategic plan of action, increasing coordination, and making change that improves the health of Miami Gardens residents. The City of Miami Gardens is the primary coordinator of the project. Health Foundation of South Florida, a nonprofit grantmaking organization, is providing the project up to $3.75 million in support over the first six years of the initiative. For more information on Live Healthy Miami Gardens, visit: http://livehealthymiamigardens.com/. 

Get Moving (Reach Y2)

Building off of the Master Mobility Plan and CDC Reach Year 1 Wayfinding project, UHP aims to improve the walking experience and increase physical activity in Miami Gardens by collaborating with community members and partners to coordinate permanent changes (funded by City) and install tactical urbanism elements (decorated crosswalks, signage, sidewalk decals, a pop-up park) that create an activity-friendly route from City Hall and along NW 187th Street. The Get Moving project will help to promote active transportation, specifically walking and bicycling, through semi-permanent/tactical urbanism elements which will be installed in the area of zip code 33056. This area has been identified as an area of higher need because of the increased number of chronic diseases and the higher reliance on public transportation.  

One of the most significant strengths of the project is that it will show the community that high impact/low cost built environment changes can happen in their community that will create a safer and more engaging public space that they can use to improve their physical health and overall well-being. The everyday destination to be connected through this project include:  

• City Hall 

• Carol City High 

• Carol City Middle 

• Barbara Hawkins Elementary 

• Brentwood Park 

• Post Office 

• Multiple apartment buildings and residential neighborhoods 

• West Side Blueway Multi-Use Trail 

• The City of Miami Gardens trolley 

This project will help to highlight to the community that access to everyday destinations can be easily traveled to by active transportation (walking and biking), which can in turn improve their physical and mental health. 

Implementation will be conducted with the help of community residents (Community Liaisons) that will be hired to be a part of the project to participate in co-designing the changes they want to see in the community and assist with collecting input on walkability and bikeability. The Community Liaisons will be integrated in key activities of the project, including: 

• Community Outreach: Collecting input that can help add voice to the Master Mobility Plan and Entertainment Master Plan and co-designing the activity-friendly route’s tactical urbanism elements.  

• Co-design and Installation of Tactical Urbanism Elements: Designing the final details and locations where the elements will be installed. Assisting with the installation of tactical urbanism elements (decorated crosswalks, signage, sidewalk decals, a pop-up park). 

• Activation: Activating the new activity-friendly route through activities, such as walking groups, walk to school day events, park events, walking audits, and installation days. 

About the Funder

Live Healthy Miami Gardens is a multi-year project aimed at making the City of Miami Gardens a healthier place to live, work and play. The project focuses on bringing the community together, developing a plan of action, increasing coordination, and making change that improves the health of Miami Gardens residents. The City of Miami Gardens is the primary coordinator of the project. The project is funded by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Racial and Ethnic Approached to Community Health (REACH).

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is an initiative that promotes walking and bicycling to school through a range of activities, such as infrastructure improvements, enforcement campaigns, tools, safety education, and encouragement incentives. In 2018, UHP worked with seven schools in Miami Gardens to develop a city-wide SRTS plan that identified a range of strategies that could be implemented locally for each of the 6Es: 

• Equity 

• Engineering 

• Encouragement 

• Enforcement 

• Education 

• Evaluation 

During the 2019/2020 school year, we have been working with four schools, Hibiscus Elementary, Rainbow Park Elementary, Carol City Middle, and North County K-8, to implement a school-specific SRTS implementation program. Each program is individualized using the range of strategies identified in the SRTS Plan. Activities include: 

• Parent Education 

• Walk and Bike to School Day Events 

• Open House Activities 

• Infrastructure Recommendations 

• Walking Audits 

• Progressive Ticketing 

• Safety Campaign 

• Tactical Urbanism Elements 

• Kid Activities 

Through this program we aim to create safer and healthier opportunities for families to walk and bike not only to school, but throughout the community.  

UHP has implemented our Community Liaison (CL) Framework in communities throughout South Florida. In support of our Live Healthy Miami Gardens project, 3 CLs who are residents of Miami Gardens have been hired to serve as bike/walk community coordinators. The CLs will help advance the work and sustain the Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program over the long term. The CLs will receive training and support to become champions for health and active transportation and work side-by-side with the UHP team in the implementation of the SRTS strategies. 

About the Funder 

Health Foundation of South Florida 

The mission of Health Foundation of South Florida is to invest in and be a catalyst for collaborations, policy and systems change that improves the health of South Florida communities, with a focus on vulnerable, low to moderate income populations. Established in 1993, the nonprofit foundation has awarded over $125 million to nonprofits providing programs and services in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit hfsf.org and follow @HealthSFL. 

Wayfinding Plan

The goal of the Wayfinding Plan project was to create an active transportation wayfinding plan that builds off the existing signage throughout the City and creates a more explicit connection to community assets, such as parks, health centers, healthy restaurants, healthy stores, and schools. Wayfinding is a component of the Live Healthy Miami Gardens Community Action Plan and aligns with sub-strategies in the mental health, physical activity, nutrition, and primary care focus areas. The plan lays out the most important destinations to provide information on active transportation options for residents. An extensive network of parks, walking paths, bike lanes, trails, and bus and trolley service already canvas the City, this action plan improves those connections and could be installed through existing City of Miami Gardens funding or other grant opportunities. 

(Map of signage locations)

One of the essential components of providing wayfinding throughout a City is to provide information to residents and visitors so that they can orient themselves and navigate from place to place. The focus of this plan is to improve physical activity by providing information to the community about opportunities to walk, bicycle and ride transit to specific community assets in the City of Miami Gardens. The plan would highlight destinations to parks, health centers, and schools, but also will look at areas that the community could access for their daily needs such as commercial districts, healthy restaurants, healthy stores, and other points of interest. This plan is aimed at building off the signage that exists throughout the City of Miami Gardens near parks and at trolley stops. 

About the Funder

Live Healthy Miami Gardens is a multi-year project aimed at making the City of Miami Gardens a healthier place to live, work and play. The project focuses on bringing the community together, developing a plan of action, increasing coordination, and making change that improves the health of Miami Gardens residents. The City of Miami Gardens is the primary coordinator of the project. The project is funded by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Racial and Ethnic Approached to Community Health (REACH).

Master Mobility Plan

In 2018, UHP worked with the City of Miami Gardens to create a Master Mobility Plan that combined the siloed efforts of the different City departments into one comprehensive pedestrian and bicyclist vision for the community. The aim of the Master Mobility plan was to create a list of pedestrian and bicycle projects that would increase active transportation options throughout the City. The process produced a list of prioritized mobility projects and static mapping for the City to implement. 

About the Funder 

Health Foundation of South Florida 

The mission of Health Foundation of South Florida is to invest in and be a catalyst for collaborations, policy and systems change that improves the health of South Florida communities, with a focus on vulnerable, low to moderate income populations. Established in 1993, the nonprofit foundation has awarded over $125 million to nonprofits providing programs and services in Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. For more information, visit hfsf.org and follow @HealthSFL. 

Policy, Systems, and Environmental Changes

The goal of this project when conducted in 2017, was for UHP to develop a list of physical activity strategies to create a safe environment that promotes walking and bicycling and increases Miami Gardens residents’ incidental physical activity levels. 

We utilized the reiterative step-by-step process to leverage community resources and address barriers in achieving the set goal. The 8-step process generated a list of strategies around policy, system, and environmental changes that would increase physical activity (PA) of Miami Gardens residents through bicycle and pedestrian improvements. 

Events

Upcoming Events

Please stay tuned for updates. 

Past Events

Hibiscus Elementary Walking Audit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hibiscus Elementary Walk to School Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Rainbow Park Elementary Walk to School Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Carol City Middle Walk or Roll to School Day

Resources

Live Healthy Miami Gardens

https://livehealthymiamigardens.com


Safe Routes to School Partnerships

https://saferoutespartnership.org


iWalk Safe

http://iwalksafe.org/


iBike Safe

http://ibikesafe.org/


Smart Growth America: National Complete Streets Coalition

https://smartgrowthamerica.org/program/national-complete-streets-coalition/

Contact

Questions about our work with Live Healthy Miami Gardens?

Please contact Laurie Fucini-Joy, laurie@urbanhp.org.