All Projects

How does neighborhood revitalization improve public health?

Documenting health benefits of community revitalization at Sun Valley, Colorado

In many environmental justice communities, Sun Valley, Colorado, residents suffer from a lack of greenspace, poor indoor and ambient air quality, poor quality housing, poor health, and high crime rates.

Recent efforts to sustainably transform underinvested communities have been met with some success. The Sun Valley Transformation Plan proposes a complete rebuild of the neighborhood with parks, walking paths, new energy efficient housing, community gardens, athletic fields, and playgrounds.

With its uniquely disadvantaged and vulnerable demographic profile and the comprehensiveness of the revitalization plans for the neighborhood, Sun Valley represents an unprecedented research opportunity to assess the benefits of community revitalization. 

Westat is supporting the pilot study, which will enroll up to 100 total adults to provide non-invasive saliva samples that will be analyzed for selected biomarkers of stress, physiological status, and chronic infection. 

Westat is

  • Enrolling adult participants
  • Producing and disseminating instructional materials
  • Distributing the necessary supplies for participants to self-collect saliva samples
  • Providing a helpline to assist participants with questions or problems
  • Providing a mobile app to remind participants about when to collect each sample
  • Distributing a self-administered questionnaire
  • Tracking samples to ensure sample quality and timely delivery of samples to lab for analysis

This study aims to quantify the subclinical and clinical health benefits of the Sun Valley revitalization “experiment.” It seeks to translate this information into clear answers and guidance for decisionmakers and scientists seeking to

  • Design and develop health-focused revitalization programs and initiatives
  • Better understand how, and how much, neighborhood revitalization will improve public health

Want to work with us?
You’ll be in great company.

About Us Careers

Westat Employees.
Westat Employee.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Baltimore Metropolitan Council
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
DC Public Schools
Georgia Department of Transportation
Internal Revenue Service
Leadership Montgomery
Maryland Cancer Registry
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
National Science Foundation
NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Social Security Administration
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Teach for America
Texas Education Agency
The Johns Hopkins University
The National Institutes of Health
The Verizon Foundation
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
University of Maryland Baltimore Campus
University of Michigan
University System of Maryland
Explore Our Clients

Please wait...

Forbes 2023 America's Best Mid-Size Employers Powered by Statista Forbes 2022 The Best Employers for Women Powered by Statista

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law. Notices to Employees & Applicants.