Shared Use

8/13/14: Lunch & Learn #3: Advocating for Shared Use in Your Community: September 18, 2014, 12-1pm

Everyone can advocate for change in their community. But, how do you do it effectively? What if you can’t lobby? Join us for an engaging lunch and learn to discuss just this question. Participants will leave understanding the difference between advocacy and lobbying. Also, participants will learn more about great resources available to support current and future activities. There will be discussion around effective ways to plan your efforts. In addition to your computer to connect online, bring a pen and paper. And, of course, don’t forget your healthy lunch!  CLICK HERE to register!

8/13/14: Lunch & Learn #2: Shared Use in Schools webinar: RECORDING, PRESENTATIONS and REFERENCES can be found on the Ohio Workshops & Webinar Page!

6/20/14: Lunch & Learn #1: “Shared Use: Opening Doors to Improving Community Health and Connectivity” webinar RECORDING, PRESENTATIONS and REFERENCES can be found on the Ohio Workshops & Webinar Page!

4/27/14: Learn more about shared use, and what the American Heart Association is doing to “Open the Doors for Health” in Ohio! Check out Kate’s blog with links!

2/20/14: Amy Bush Stevens at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio highlights great shared use work and research: February 13, 2014:  Shared Use and the Changing Role of Hospitals: Spotlight on Ohio – Mikaela Randolph, Safe Routes to School National Partnership blog

2014 Workshops: Active Living for the Body and Brain Series

In partnership with Health Policy Institute of Ohio and Buckeye Healthy Schools Alliance, with funding from County Health Rankings, this forum and workshop series will raise awareness about how physical activity cuts across multiple prevention silos to decrease obesity, improve mental health and school outcomes,  increase community safety and more. The Forum will provide an overview of the three active living strategies in ‘Ohio’s Plan to Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease’ – Safe Routes to School, Shared Use, and Complete Streets.  The workshops will provide more in-depth, capacity-building information, tools and resources to provide multi-sector decision-makers and stakeholders with policy and program strategies to increase physical activity, reduce chronic disease and improve active living in Ohio communities.

 1) FORUM: Active Living for the Body and the Brain – TO REGISTER, CLICK HERE!

April 23, 2014, 9:30am to 3:30pm

National Composite Center, Kettering, OH

 2) WORKSHOP: Shared Use: Opening Doors to Improving Community Health & Connectivity – Register NOW!

Thursday, May 8, 2014, 9:30am-3:30pm

Center for Regional Cooperation, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC)

 3) WORKSHOP: Safe Routes to School: Policy, Funding  & Resources for Ohio Communities – Register NOW!

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 9:30am-3:30pm

Ohio Department of Transportation, Columbus


GRANT: DEADLINE MARCH 6, 2014: Shared Use Opportunity: The National Parks & Recreation Association (NRPA) announced the availability of grant funds to support children’s health through park and recreation out-of-school time programs. Grants are for a one-year period and are expected to range from $25,000 to $35,000 with additional nutrition literacy materials provided (valued at $10,000).  These grants will be used to increase the number of healthy meals received by children in low-income communities, create behavior change through health literacy, and implement nutrition and physical activity standards.  This is a great opportunity to grow your park and recreation agency’s role as your community’s health and wellness leader.  Learn More and Apply Today  Applications are due at midnight ET on Thursday, March 6, 2014.

SHARED USE STORIES AND PHOTOS NEEDED:  The American Heart Association – Ohio is collecting stories and pictures that reflect Ohio communities’ commitment to offering physical activity through shared use opportunities, or the lack of opportunity which could be overcome through shared use policies and agreements. Submit your pictures at Picture It!, or Share Your Story about how shared use is implemented to benefit your community!

What is Shared Use?

A shared use agreement is a formal or informal agreement between two separate government or private entities, often a school district and a city or county, setting forth the terms and conditions for the shared use of public or private property.  It is sometimes called joint use or community use.


The Ohio Safe Routes Network is part of a collaborative with the Ohio Department of Health and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio to collect data on who is implementing agreements, what and how shared use is being implemented,  and interviewing key stakeholders – service providers, facility owners and users – to explore what shared use is being implemented, what are the successes, barriers and innovative partnerships, and gain insight on what is needed to expand shared use effectively throughout the state.  This information will be used as baseline data to increase shared use in Ohio through an update of the State Health Improvement Plan – Chronic Disease objectives to be implemented over five years beginning in 2014.

You are invited to share your experiences with us – whether you are a shared use provider or user, we would like to hear what is working, what is not, and what we can do to improve this opportunity for all.  Contact Emily at the Health Policy Institute of Ohio at to share your story, offer an opinion or send us a photo of shared use opportunities or barriers in your community by September 5th.


Ohio Shared Use Guidance:

National Shared Use Resources:


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  1. Pingback: Welcome to the Ohio Safe Routes Network! | saferoutesoh

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