Emphasis Communities



In the context of the CBPR approach there is a synergistic theme that ties together the three CEHD research projects and the interface with families and four of the designated Atlanta area Neighborhood Planning Units. This will be manifested in the recruitment, evaluation and follow-up activities elected for each project impacting NPU’s V,X,Y and Z. The overall impact of the CEHD research coupled with the community engagement activities plan will potentially evidence a significant improvement in the overall quality of life for the residents, families and communities within NPU V, X, Y and Z.


In addition to a battery of outcome measures from the research projects, an assessment will be made by the program evaluator and the Community Coalition Board which will review and have oversight responsibilities for approving all aspect of the CEHD activities. Regular staff project meetings will provide an opportunity for all CEHD cores to update the collective on the status of core project activities.



RowlandNeighborhood Planning Unit V


Chair: Micah A. Rowland


NPU Boundaries  South of I-20, North of University Avenue , Westend, and Grant Park on the east. This includes Adair Park, Capital Gateway, Mechanicville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh and Summerhill.


Major health challenges of this area include: asthma, oral cancer, obesity.

Neighborhood Characteristics include low income households, lack of health insurance and lack of resources for optimal nutrition. Despite these obstacles the strengths of NPU V include its central location which allows access to many Atlanta locations in less than 15 minutes. It also has a rich culture of citizens who care about change and who come from diverse backgrounds. Rich in history this location has some of the oldest neighborhoods in Atlanta. In addition NPU V is the home of Turner Field where the 1996 US Olympic Stadium houses the Olympic torch and where Hank Aaron achieved his 715th homerun.



Neighborhood Planning Unit X


Chair: Rubin Burney


Chair: Rubin BurneyNeighborhood Planning Unit X


Boundaries: Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Hammond Park, Perkerson, and of Sylvan Hills neighborhoods all within city council district 12.


NPU-X is challenged by the need for accessible health care within its boundaries. There is currently only one visible health care center (Sparlin Health Care) and visible dental office. Otherwise residents must travel to facilities in adjacent East Point or other NPUs.


One of NPU-X strengths is its access to automobile transportation. It is convenient to I-75/I-85 and I-285 as well as SR 166. It is also the home Hartsfield/Jackson Airport which is worlds busiest airport. It also contains an abundance of available commercial property along Metropolitan Parkway. Atlanta Metropolitan College and Atlanta Technical College are both located on Metropolitan Parkway.



McMurrayNeighborhood Planning Unit Y


Chair: Paul McMurray


Boundaries: North- I-20; East Boulevard; West – Downtown Connector I 75/85; South – Lakewood Avenue


Demographically, NPU Y has a median age of 32.4 years. Twenty-three percent of the population is under 18. Eight percent of the population is over 65 and 40% of the population is between 20 and 39 years.


Seventy percent of the occupied housing units are renter occupied and 30% are owner occupied. Renter occupied units have a slightly larger household size (2.55) than owner occupied units (2.31). As with most transient populations community safety and crime prevention is of primary concern.


NPU Y is unique due to the existence of the Lakewood Amphitheater and Fairgrounds, several Atlanta Pubic School sites, the Villages at Caver, YMCA, Southbend Park and Cultural Center.



Neighborhood Planning Unit  Z


Chair: Anne Phillips


Boundaries: North – Lakewood Ave. ; East- Moreland Avenue; West- Metropolitan Parkway; South – Conley Road


The population of NPU Z neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) Z is 18,050.  The median age of the population is 29. In that thirty‐three percent of the population is under 18 adolescent health promotion and prevention issues surrounding crime, STD, and STI are a priority.  Three percent of the NPU Z population is White, 93% is Black, 1% is Asian, 3% is other (Native American, Pacific Islander, other and two or more races). Four percent of the population is of Hispanic or Latin Origin. There are 18,010 NPU Z residents in 6,254 households. Of all households, 44% have children under age 18 who are vulnerable to environmental health issues such as air pollution and second-hand smoke and general school and community safety.