Urban Green Space and the Pursuit of Health Equity in Parts of the United States

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2017 Nov 22;14(11):1432. doi: 10.3390/ijerph14111432.


Research has demonstrated that inequitable access to green space can relate to health disparities or inequalities. This commentary aims to shift the dialogue to initiatives that have integrated green spaces in projects that may promote health equity in the United States. Specifically, we connect this topic to factors such as community revitalization, affordable housing, neighborhood walkability, food security, job creation, and youth engagement. We provide a synopsis of locations and initiatives in different phases of development along with characteristics to support effectiveness and strategies to overcome challenges. The projects cover locations such as Atlanta (GA), Los Angeles (CA), the District of Columbia (Washington D.C.), South Bronx (NY), and Utica (NY). Such insight can develop our understanding of green space projects that support health equity and inform the dialogue on this topic in ways that advance research and advocacy.

Keywords: green space; health equity; nature.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Cities / statistics & numerical data*
  • Employment
  • Food Supply
  • Health Equity / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Plants*
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data*
  • United States
  • Walking