On June 21, Live Well Omaha hosted the first in a series of Map Chats at Creighton University at Highlander that brought together 21 community members to discuss the story of how neighborhoods connect to health and brainstorm possible solutions. Participants spent time talking about their own neighborhoods’ areas of improvement and assets, as well as viewed and discussed our map about child healthy weight and provided feedback on how to continue to build on the story. Each participant was surveyed at the end of the session.

Download a pdf of this one-page brief here: Map Chat Brief: Healthy, Active Neighborhoods


Map Link:  http://bit.ly/lwochildhealthyweight

This map connects healthy weight in youth to poverty rates. It then overlays that data with barriers to physical activity including resident perception of safety, lack of sidewalks and heavy traffic.

Recommendations related to the map:

  • Include locations of interest per zip code
    • Examples: trails, gyms, playgrounds, employment centers, grocery stores
  • Include density, demographics, health disparities, and resources/assets per zip code
    • Examples: race, single-parent households, speed limits, bus routes, food desserts
  • Neighborhood rankings (similar to Zillow.com rankings)
  • School PE/Recess data

Map Chat recommendations on solutions:

  • Safer Routes, Safe Spaces
    • More dedicated bike lanes
    • Blinking lights for crosswalks or sidewalk lights
    • Safe spaces and more activities after 8 pm
  • Accessible Local Safe Quality Healthy Food
    • Community gardens and local growers
    • Access to quality, low-cost food
    • Healthy Neighborhood Stores
  • Changing the Community’s minds about Active Lifestyles (all sectors)
    • Companies and schools providing incentives to encouraging more active transportation
    • Change hearts and minds about biking by hosting pedestrian and bike events
    • Set an example and show pride in your community by picking up litter

Participant survey feedback:

  • 62% of participants have never participated in a public opinion or community consultation process prior to this Map Chat
  • All participants met someone new at the event
  • All participants felt the issues discussed were priority issues for their community
  • No additional priority issues were identified by participants
  • All participants who responded felt that their participation in the Map Chat was rewarding and felt respected

Event outcomes:

  • Map Chat brief and recommendations will be shared with the community and Live Well Omaha’s coalition
  • Two cartographers (mapping experts) volunteered at the event to support future maps


Thank you to all that attended and a special thank you to our sponsors CHI Health, Charles Drew Health Center, Inc. and Creighton University for making the event possible!

Upcoming events: Join us on August 14 for Inclusive Communities Table Talk on Sick Care and on September 11 for our next Map Chat on health and housing. Follow Live Well Omaha on Facebook for event details.