ATSDR Action Model
The ATSDR Brownfields /Land Reuse Action Model helps the diverse members of the development community – officials, developers, community supporters, and residents, find ways to make health part of the renewal process. Communities can use the action model to identify common goals to incorporate these goals in strategic planning.
The Action Model consists of four steps that involve key questions to assist with planning:
Step 1: What are the issues in the community?
Step 2: How can development address these issues?
Step 3: What are the corresponding community health benefits?
Step 4: What data are needed to measure change?
The action model encourages people to think about broad public health topics connected to community health:
- Health – physical and mental health
- Community – education, economy, safety, security ,
- Land and Environment – contaminated soil/water/air, parks, waterways, and
- Buildings and Infrastructure dilapidated building, grocery stores, sidewalks
Use the Action Model Toolkit
Learn how to make redevelopment with the Action Model work in your community with this interactive toolkit. You'll get important information on how to build a team, fund your project, and make lasting changes in your town or city.
Action Model Report Cards
Action Model Community Health Pilots
The Action Model has proven useful in pilot-scale community health projects in the following cities:
- Taking Action: Rebuilding Joplin after the Tornado [PDF, 10 MB]
- Baraboo, WI Ringling Riverfront Development (video)
- Community Health Monitoring: Baraboo Ringling Riverfront Development (August 16, 2010) [PDF, 7.05 MB]
- City of Blue Island, IL: Community Health Monitoring
- Detroit, MI 48217 Approach
- Milwaukee, WI 30th Street Corridor [PDF, 506 KB]
- Healthy Communities Count! Healthy Communities and the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Line, St. Paul-Minneapolis, MN