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Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Providing Free Public Transit Passes to Students in Los Angeles County: Lessons Learned in Applying a Health Lens to Decision-Making

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Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 3530 Wilshire Blvd, 8th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010, USA
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David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, 10880 Wilshire Blvd, Ste. 1800, Los Angeles, CA 90024, USA
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Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 313 N Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA
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Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles, 640 Charles E Young Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(11), 11384-11397; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph111111384
Received: 18 September 2014 / Revised: 15 October 2014 / Accepted: 22 October 2014 / Published: 31 October 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Impact Assessment: Realizing Its Potential)
In spite of increased focus by public health to engage and work with non-health sector partners to improve the health of the general as well as special populations, only a paucity of studies have described and disseminated emerging lessons and promising practices that can be used to undertake this work. This article describes the process used to conduct a Health Impact Assessment of a proposal to provide free public transportation passes to students in Los Angeles County. This illustrative case example describes opportunities and challenges encountered in working with an array of cross-sector partners and highlights four important lessons learned: (1) the benefits and challenges associated with broad conceptualization of public issues; (2) the need for more comprehensive, longitudinal data systems and dynamic simulation models to inform decision-making; (3) the importance of having a comprehensive policy assessment strategy that considers health impacts as well as costs and feasibility; and (4) the need for additional efforts to delineate the interconnectivity between health and other agency priorities. As public health advances cross-sector work in the community, further development of these priorities will help advance meaningful collaboration among all partners. View Full-Text
Keywords: health impact assessment; health in all policies; public transportation; education; youth health impact assessment; health in all policies; public transportation; education; youth
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Gase, L.N.; Kuo, T.; Teutsch, S.; Fielding, J.E. Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Providing Free Public Transit Passes to Students in Los Angeles County: Lessons Learned in Applying a Health Lens to Decision-Making. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 11384-11397. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph111111384

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Gase LN, Kuo T, Teutsch S, Fielding JE. Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Providing Free Public Transit Passes to Students in Los Angeles County: Lessons Learned in Applying a Health Lens to Decision-Making. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2014; 11(11):11384-11397. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph111111384

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Gase, Lauren N.; Kuo, Tony; Teutsch, Steven; Fielding, Jonathan E. 2014. "Estimating the Costs and Benefits of Providing Free Public Transit Passes to Students in Los Angeles County: Lessons Learned in Applying a Health Lens to Decision-Making" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 11, no. 11: 11384-11397. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph111111384

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