The HBCU Wellness Project and National Community Mapping Institute (NCMI) at the Health Disparities Research Center of Excellence at Meharry Medical College aims to bring community participatory mapping for the Safe Routes to School Program in Gallatin, Tennessee.
The primary goal of the HBCU Wellness Project is to leverage educational and service-oriented resources at HBCUs to positively impact the health and well-being of Tennessee residents. The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program is a national movement focusing on making walking and bicycling to school fun, accessible and, most importantly, safe.
Community mapping is defined as “using mapping technology to identify, understand, analyze, resolve and disseminate community issues with the explicit intentions of education, engagement and empowerment.” Student Health Ambassadors (SHA) from HBCU schools and students from Meharry Medical College will lead local high school students to map safe conditions of the streets in Gallatin by using a smartphone mobile app.
During the mapping process, SHA and students from Meharry will communicate with high school students about community health issues. Students will survey and upload information, with photos, about the conditions of street safety. Data will be uploaded into an interactive online mapping tool where anyone can view and analyze this information. From this process, students will learn about street safety and its impact on physical activities and health conditions. The students can then analyze the data and present their findings to the community and various local entities.
It is our hope that students will not only be more interested in community health issues, but also make a difference in their community.
The event will take place at West Eastland Church, located at 342 W. Eastland Street, in Gallatin, Tennessee Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 11 am to 4:pm.
To be part of the effort, or if you have any questions, please contact:
Director, HBCU Wellness Project
Associate Professor, Family and Community Medicine
National Community Mapping Institute – HDRCOE at Meharry