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Low-Cost Community Design Interventions that Support Physical Activity: Creative Placemaking and Pop-Up Demonstration Projects

  • Event Summary

    Creative Placemaking is a way to shape the physical and social character of a community that may improve walkability. Using art to change the built environment is an innovative approach that can rejuvenate structures and streetscapes while also animating public spaces. This presentation will provide some low-cost examples of how art has been used to created destinations, advance connectivity, and improve pedestrian infrastructure.

    Pop-up demonstration projects, or tactile urbanism, can be used to advance Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School, provide examples from communities that have used pop-up installations, and discuss resources available to create a pop-up demonstration project. This presentation will focus on Trailnet’s pop-up demonstration projects in St. Louis, MO.

    Call-In Number: 866-581-9669, Participant Code: 31358597


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    Kelly Cornett, MS, serves as a Health Scientist on the Translation and Evaluation Team in the Physical Activity and Health Branch of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) at CDC. She collaborates with partners to promote physical activity while supporting policy research, partnership development, and walkable communities. With a background in Exercise Physiology and Health Promotion, she uses her communication skills to synthesize evidence-based research into messages and resources related to physical activity. Her products and collaborations help to leverage walkable communities and the dissemination of user-friendly translation materials. Prior to CDC, she served as the Physical Activity and School Health Specialist for the Georgia Department of Public Health implementing a state-wide initiative to integrate more physical activity into the school day.

    Grace Kyung is the Special Projects Director at Trailnet. Grace enjoys the challenges and opportunities of using innovative approaches to engage and educate stakeholders about safer street designs. She provides technical assistance on how to improve the built environment to increase accessibility for all modes of transportation by focusing on the connection between planning and public health in relation to equity. Grace holds a Masters in Public Health and Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 


    Who are the calls for? This call series is intended for state and local health departments and partners who are actively supporting physical activity strategies in community design.  

    What is the purpose? The purpose of this networking forum is to facilitate information sharing among public health practitioners who are supporting physical activity strategies in community design.

    If you would like to receive future notices for these networking calls on physical activity and community design, please send your name, e-mail address, phone number, and details of your community design program to Margo Younger at

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