Chris Danley, Senior Consultant

Areas of focus: Health Impact Assessments

Based in Boise Idaho

Chris Danley has ten years of planning experience with an increasing emphasis on active living planning and assessment. His career has included positions in both the public and private sectors with recent consulting work concentrated on numerous health impact assessments focused on the built environment especially in the arena of comprehensive plans, bicycle and pedestrian plans, and health department initiatives. Additional work has included Complete Street policy development, creation of a walk audit training academy and parks and recreation planning.

Chris is a Principal Active Living Planner at Vitruvian Planning, based in Boise Idaho, has provided planning expertise for numerous clients in the aforementioned areas of Health Impact Assessments. Mr. Danley wrote the first Health Impact Assessments in both North Carolina and Idaho. Beyond conducting assessments, Chris has also been an educator and facilitator of several HIA training events including a full day workshop held at the 2013 National APA conference in Chicago. His work was subject to two North Carolina APA Plan of the Year award for the Haywood County Bicycle Plan and Mountain Elements Health Impact Assessment. Other related health based planning activities in recent years have included presenting on HIA work at the acclaimed Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Weight of the Nation conference, and being the keynote speaker for West Virginia Association of Counties annual meeting.

Community Health and Planning Based Projects

MountainWise, Health Impact Assessment, Eight Western North Carolina Counties

The first assessment of its kind in the United States, the MountainWise HIA evaluated eight county Comprehensive Plans and county Health Department initiatives to determine their collective impacts on citizens’ health. The project included many deliverables including: 1) A “hot spot” analysis using social determinants of health like income, race, and housing costs to isolate individual neighborhoods for future initiatives, 2) determined specific and necessary land use and transportation planning tools to strengthen comprehensive plans and the associated policy structures and 3) included a new health element inserted into each County’s Comprehensive Plan that detailed specific plan, programming, policy or project initiatives addressing each of the Seven Dimensions of Health and Wellness. Education Master’s of Urban & Regional Planning, Eastern Washington University, 2006 BS, Social Sciences, Chapman University, 2004 Professional Affiliations City of Boise Planning & Zoning Commissioner League of American Bicyclist Certified Instructor Safe Routes to School Certified Instructor Board of Directors- National Physical Activity Society Boise State Adjunct Instructor

Logan City Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, Health Impact Assessment, Logan, UT

To better understand how improvements made to the City’s bicycle and pedestrian network, Vitruvian Planning lead a Health Impact Assessment. The HIA focused on four multiuse trail segments and how each could impact disparate populations along each prospective alignment. The HIA is one of the first in the state of Utah and conducted in part due to significant air quality issues persisting in Logan. Several community stakeholders were involved atypical of transportation plans that will be integral parts of implementing HIA findings and conclusions.

Blaine County Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, Health Impact Assessment, Blaine Co, ID

The first HIA in the state of Idaho, the Blaine County HIA focused on the potential impacts of suggested bicycle and pedestrian improvements within the Wood River Valley corridor, home to the Sun Valley resort and several neighboring cities. The HIA was particularly relevant to the economic impacts around workforce transportation to and from the resort areas and residential bedroom communities throughout the valley. The HIA was coordinated between the Mountain Ride transit provider, cities and County, school district’s, economic development organizations and recreational district staff.

Buncombe County Greenway Master Plan, Health Impact Assessment, Buncombe County, NC

The Buncombe HIA project determined the likely health impacts to area residents of the significant number of proposed greenway projects posed in the Countywide plan. The HIA looked at health, demographic, and economic data to then determine how the projects could best be implemented to positively improve health conditions of all types. As part of the HIA we created a prioritization process, evaluated best adjunct uses to attract users, and considered economic inputs and outputs for final determination. The assessment included several communities, a quantitative financial impact assessment and an HIA training workshop.

Northeast Raleigh Sub Area Transportation Plan, Health Impact Assessment, Raleigh, NC

The Health Impact Assessment affiliate with the Northeast Raleigh plan was focused on the geographic equity of overall impacts and investments. The plan sought to development transportation projects of all sorts while the HIA determined where health “hot spots” were located to help further prioritize projects and understand the type and needs of transportation options to improving the health conditions identified. The HIA included two counties, several cities, the State DOT, and economic interests throughout the sub-area.  

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