2015 - Research

Partnering With Youth to Map Their Neighborhood Environments: A Multilayered GIS Approach

Key Takeaway: Community-based participatory research activities that engage youth can help create a place-based understanding of how youths perceive their neighborhood environments and inform interventions for improvements.

Results:

  • Youths in this study identified safety and lack of recreational resources as limitations to physical activity.
  • Youths took an active role in educating parents and community members about the results of the research, and city officials used these results to prioritize areas for improving sidewalk infrastructure.

Methods:

  • This study used a multilayered GIS approach integrating environmental audits conducted by youths with focus groups and sketch mapping in five neighborhoods near an urban trail system in Kentucky.

Topmiller, M., Jacquez, F., Vissman, A.T., Raleigh, K., Miller-Francis, J. (2015). Partnering with Youth to Map Their Neighborhood Environments: A Multilayered GIS Approach. (2015). Family and Community Health, 38 (1), 66-76.