Faculty Fellow Aaron Hipp and co-authors have developed ParkIndex, a standardized metric of park access and exposure for evaluating potential park use in a variety of geographic settings. Published in Preventative Medicine, the new empirically-derived spatial index can be used by researchers, physicians, and professionals in public health, parks and recreation, and urban design fields for:
- scenario planning to encourage greater population-level park access and use
- facilitating examination of park access within an area over time
- comparison of park access between two neighborhoods or cities of similar geographic extent or population characteristics
- connecting the healthcare system with publicly available resources for physical activity.
Full citation and link to the online article are below:
- Kaczynski, A.T., Schipperjin, J., Hipp, J.A., Besenyi, G.M., Wilhelm-Stanis, S.A., Hughey, S.M., and Wilcox, S. (2016). ParkIndex: Development of a standardized metric of park access for research and planning. Preventative Medicine. 87: 110-114.