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Input Requested--Research Study to Develop a Joint Land-Use Planning and Public Health Framework to the Design of Active Communities

Deadline January 25, 2011

My name is Kim Bergeron and I am a PhD. Candidate at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.  I am conducting a research study to develop a joint land-use planning and public health framework to the design of active communities. The purpose of this research study is to utilize the concept mapping process to empirically and conceptually formulate a joint land-use planning and public health framework to enhance the design of active communities. Concept mapping brings together diverse groups of stakeholders in order to organize their ideas to help them form a common framework.

You are invited to contribute to the development of a joint land-use planning and public health framework to enhance the design of active communities.

As many of you know, active communities are neighbourhoods with resources (e.g., sidewalks, recreation centres, playgrounds, parks, open green spaces and trails) that provide opportunities for residents to engage in physical activity in safe, aesthetically pleasing environments. I am interested in engaging those working in public health who currently collaborate with or have collaborated in the past with land-use planners on at least one of the following topic areas: land-use planning; built environment; sustainable transportation; active transportation; or physical activity through community design to participate in a seven minute online survey.

I am primarily interested in learning your thoughts about the following statement

When designing active communities, a specific collaborative effort (e.g., tasks, behaviours, actions) that land-use planners and public health professionals should engage in is…

This survey should take approximately 7 minutes to complete. The survey will be available January 4, 2011 to January 25, 2011.

To participate, please visit

You will be asked to create a username and password. You are not required to complete the other information on the page. Please do not supply any personal information when registering.

If you know someone else who fits the criteria to participate in this study, please feel free to forward this message.

This study has been granted clearance according to the recommended principles of Canadian ethics guidelines, and Queen’s policies.

If you have any questions about this project or require additional information, please contact me at (905) 372-1167 or