Community infrastructure refers to aspects of the build environment, including complete streets, sidewalks, marked crossings, public utilities, and community gathering spaces. Good maintenance of functioning community infrastructure plays a critical role in promoting health by encouraging community residents to feel safe out in their community.
- Nearly half of all African Americans live in poor neighborhoods lacking quality infrastructure, compared with only one in ten whites.¹
Connection Across Determinants
- Streets with lighting are significantly more common in high-income areas (75%) than in middle-income (54%) or low-income communities (51%).²
- Streets with traffic calming features are significantly more common in higher-income areas (8%) than in middle-income (4%) or low-income communities (3%).
- Poor infrastructure development and a lack of upkeep in low-income neighborhoods prevents individuals with disabilities community members from being able to engage actively with their community.
- Cubbin C, Pedregon V, Egerter S, Braveman. Where We Live Matters for Our Health: Neighborhoods and Health. http://www.commissiononhealth.org/PDF/888f4a18-eb90-45be-a2f8-159e84a55a4c/Issue%20Brief%203%20Sept%2008%20-%20Neighborhoods%20and%20Health.pdf. Accessed June 20, 2017.
- Gibbs K, Slater S, Nicholson N, Barker D, Chaloupka F. Income Disparities in Street Features that Encourage Walking Research Brief March 2012. http://studylib.net/doc/11403985/income-disparities-in-street-features-that-encourage-walk… Published May 12, 2017. Accessed May 12, 2017.