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PLACE Program
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PLACE Projects


Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Initiative (2012-2016)
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health funded several agencies to develop and implement one or more strategies that will create an environment where it is convenient, safe and easy for community members to eat healthfully and participate in physical activity every day. The HEAL Initiative grantees will pursue a variety of strategies including, but not limited to, active transportation plans; increasing access to healthy foods; and safe routes to school plans. The HEAL Initiative is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesí Community Transformation Grants initiative.

Project RENEW (2010-2012)
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health received a $15.9 million Communities Putting Prevention to Work grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention over a two-year period beginning in March 2010. The RENEW (Renew Environments for Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness) LA County initiative was designed to improve nutrition, increase physical activity and reduce obesity, especially in the communities that need it the most. RENEW LA County worked with more than 25 locally-funded partners to help make LA County a more satisfying place to live, work, learn and play.

PLACE Grants (2008-2011)
In 2008, the Department of Public Health funded five cities and community-based organizations to pursue built environment policies and projects that increase opportunities for physical activity. Each PLACE Initiative was awarded approximately $100,000 per year over a three-year period to pursue policy development and passage. In addition, each initiative received a one-time award of $20,000 upon completion of a physical project. The physical projects were actual improvements made to the streetscape to encourage safer biking and walking, such as traffic calming measures, bike lanes, sidewalk improvements, tree-planting, and way finding signage to indicate distance to key destinations.

Healthy Policies Initiative
Since 2010, the PLACE Programís Healthy Policies Initiative (HPI) has been assisting low-resource cities to develop policies and land use plans that encourage walking and biking. Through the HPI, the PLACE program partners with cities to develop one of a variety of active transportation plans, including Safe Routes to School plans, park improvement plans, and complete streets policies, among others.

Healthy Design Workgroup
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adopted the Healthy Design Ordinance (HDO) in February 2013 to improve the built environment by updating the Countyís zoning regulations. The PLACE program has participated in an interdepartmental effort to expand on that work as through participation in the Healthy Design Workgroup. The Healthy Design Workgroup is a collaboration between several departments to create healthy built environments in Los Angeles County by creating design guidelines, changing County policies, and improving coordination between departments.

Automated Bicyclist and Pedestrian Counter Program
In order to encourage monitoring of active transportation in LA County, the Department of Public Health purchased automated equipment for counting bicyclists and pedestrians. In 2013, the PLACE Program established a counter lending program for PLACE grantees and technical assistance recipients. The count data informs the development of active transportation plans, grant applications, and regional data collection efforts and models.

To date baseline counts have been conducted in the cities of Carson, Cudahy, El Monte, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, and South El Monte. Below are links to reports on these counts:

  • City of Carson Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Report
  • City of Cudahy Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Report
  • San Gabriel Valley Bicycle and Pedestrian Count Report

Data collected by past grantees and technical assistant recipients is available through the SCAG Bike Data Clearinghouse. PLACE may make the equipment available to other cities depending on need and availability. Please contact Alexis Lantz at for more information about this program or to schedule a free training on how to organize and conduct manual bicycle and pedestrian counts.

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