iCHART inventories for Community Health Assessment in Rural Towns
Notable disparities in physical inactivity, obesity, and chronic disease exist among rural populations across the United States. Existing studies have emphasized the importance of built environment features (e.g. sidewalks, street connectivity, parks) in shaping physical activity behaviors among urban populations. However, evidence from rural contexts remains limited by a lack of rural-specific environmental assessment tools.
iCHART is an objective built environment audit tool that can be used by researchers, health educators, and residents to systematically assess rural areas. It was developed through a multistep process consisting of identifying and adapting existing tools, expert panel reviews, and pilot testing in 26 rural communities across five US states. Tool items represent rural built environment features that influence active living and physical activity such as community design, transportation infrastructure, safety, and recreational facilities.
Primary Contact Person: Brian Lo <email@example.com>
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Seguin
Doctoral Student(s): Brian Lo, Urshila Sriram
Funding: This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health [5 K01 HL108807] and the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Hatch/Multi State .
Interested in using the iChart in your community? Please see our iCHART User Agreement.