Environmental Scan of Black/African American Expert Discussion on Activity-Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations

Project Goals

The goal of this project is to understand Black/African American expert discussion around historical context and consequences of inequities that have discouraged physical activity among Black/African American individuals/communities (e.g., limited access to routes and/or destinations, feeling unsafe in their neighborhoods, etc.).

The contractor will conduct an environmental scan of what Black/African American experts are saying related to activity friendly routes to everyday destinations strategies (routes to destinations), including policy, system, and environmental changes that can promote or discourage equitable and inclusive access to physical activity for Black/African American communities.


Conduct an environmental scan of content produced by Black/African American experts from the United States related to the routes to destinations strategy. Include material from 2010 to present (depending on type of material) in the United States to obtain current information about the types of conversations happening.

Online Resources for this Project:


Twitter Scan


This project was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number NU38OT000315, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. The views and findings expressed in this report are those of the authors and are not meant to imply endorsement or reflect the views and policies of the U.S. Government.


I would like to acknowledge Dr. Danny Valdez for his critical input and expert analysis of the tweets using topic models. Without his expertise this analysis would not have been able to be performed using the most cutting-edge methods.  

Tyler Prochnow
Tyler Prochnow
Assistant Professor of Health Behavior

My research interests include social network analysis and health behavior.