This success story teaches other communities how to promote health and address health disparities through redevelopment and highlights the success of the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) partnership with the University at Buffalo (UB), Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority (BMHA), and the Perry Choice Neighborhood community of Buffalo, New York.
Healing Tribal Lands through Brownfields Revitalization
The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s National Brownfields program and the
U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry have partnered to bring you this video
highlighting two outstanding environmental successes among Native American Indian Tribes,
Cherokee in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and the Jamestown S’Klallam tribe in Sequim, Washington.
These stories are outstanding examples of revitalization because these Tribes not only have a natural
love for the land and its resources, a passion to ensure their people are healthy, and a determined
attitude to be successful, but they also have used available Brownfields redevelopment programs to make it happen.
The complete Healing Tribal Lands video with an introduction by Gena Timberman is available upon request
by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
A part of the ATSDR's Community Health Projects Related to Brownfield and Land Reuse 2009 grant.
The UERPC, in partnership with the Winneshiek County Public Health Department and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, developed a video about childhood lead poisoning as part of the "Lead Can Hurt" program. The purpose of the project is to inform students, faculty, and parents about lead poisoning which affects 1 in 14 Iowa children, a rate that is four times the national average. Through this video children and their parents can learn steps to take to reduce exposure to lead, and to lower the rates of childhood lead poisoning.
"To kick off this program blood lead screening was conducted at a local elementary school for children 6 and younger."
Baraboo, Wisconsin [WMV, 16:12]
The city of Baraboo used state and federal funds to redevelop the Ringling Riverfront and help their growing city shine.
The complete Community Health Monitoring: Baraboo Ringling Riverfront Development report is available in Publications [PDF, 7.05 MB].
The city of Jacksonville has embraced principles of Brownfields redevelopment, , creating affordable housing, cleaning up the environment, and increasing economic stability in the area. City of Jacksonville development community members address the benefits of the Brownfields/ Land Revitalization program in a series of interviews.
Kenneth Pinnix [WMV, 8:53]Division Chief, Community Development Division Brownfields Program Manager, City of Jacksonville, Florida
Ken Pinnix introduces the Brownfields/Land Revitalization Program that he heads in Jacksonville, Florida. The Brownfields Program helps developers and entrepreneurs with the regulatory and assessment processes surrounding Brownfield redevelopment. It also offers financial assistance for such projects through partnerships with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and the Florida Office of Trade, Tourism and Economic Development.
Dr. Aaron Hilliard [WMV, 3:39]Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Duval County Health Department
Dr. Aaron Hillard describes how redeveloping brownfields is a good public health practice. Brownfields can threaten the safety, social and economic stability, and natural environment within a community. Redevelopment can help to resolve these issues.
Dianne Kerr [WMV, 4:43]President, North Riverside Community Development Corporation
Diane Kerr explains how the North Riverside Community Development Corporation is building affordable housing, a community center and recreation areas with federal, state and local grants and through partnerships with community entities.
Nandra Weeks P.E. [WMV, 7:30]Principal Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants
Nandra Weeks explains the role of private engineering firms, like Geosyntec, in brownfields redevelopment. She discusses the Florida Brownfields Association as a place where individuals can go to find experts in other fields, such as consulting, finance, and law.
Mr. Walter E. Ware, Sr. [WMV, 6:23]Former President, V M Ware Company/Johnstone Supply
Mr. Walter E. Ware, Sr. tells the story of his company’s successful purchase, remediation, and redevelopment of a nearby brownfield as part of the City of Jacksonville’s Brownfields Program.
James M. Waddell [WMV, 5:48]U.S. Army Corp of Engineers
James M. Waddell outlines the Vision to Action process that has already helped four communities define their own visions for the new, revitalized community.
ATSDR Brownfields Webinar
- ATSDR’s free community health tools and training resources that can be customized to meet your community’s redevelopment needs.
- Accessing ATSDR’s technical experts that can help you locate and understand existing health and environmental data while also measuring changes in community health.
- Case examples of community projects, the steps they took to improve public health, and the impressive results they have achieved.