About Jennifer Gardner and Sharon Roerty

Jennifer Gardner is a program manager at Gehl Institute, where she oversees the organization’s work on health and inclusion.

Sharon Roerty, AICP/PP/MCRP is a Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with thirty years’ experience in studying and implementing urban and environmental policy, planning and design initiatives.

Planning Public Spaces to Drive Health Equity

The social and environmental factors that influence our health do not play out in a linear way—they interact with and affect each other. We are each the product of our cumulative experience, and our health is the product of our cumulative exposures over a lifetime. For that reason, we sought to provide a holistic model for individual and community health and well-being.