Latinos face many transportation inequities, as years of unjust street planning practices have ignored them and cut them off from opportunities for health and wealth.
New reports from Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio investigate the failure of investing in project-by-project transportation projects and recommend systemic changes to reverse unfair planning practices that overlook Latino communities.
The two reports stem from Salud America!’s yearlong workgroup of transportation and planning leaders from across the nation that explored all aspects of equity in transportation for Latinos, thanks to an Innovation, Equity and Exploration grant from the Voices for Healthy Kids network at the American Heart Association.
“Engaging Latino communities in the planning process and policymaking is an important step toward transportation equity,” Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH, lead author of the reports and director of Salud America! and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio said. “Our transportation advocates and decision makers need a better understanding of the experiences, needs and aspirations of Latino and low-income communities, as well as their travel patterns and transportation expenses relative to access to health and opportunity.”