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GroundsWell: Community-engaged and data-informed systems transformation of Urban Green and Blue Space for population health – a new initiative

Hunter, R, Rodgers, S, Hilton, J, Clarke, M, Garcia, L, Ward Thompson, C, Geary, R, Green, M, O'Neill, C, Longo, A, Lovell, R, Nurse, A, Wheeler, B, Clement, S, Porroche-Escudero, A, Mitchell, R, Barr, B, Barry, J, Bell, S, Bryan, D , Buchan, I, Butters, O, Clemens, T, Clewley, N, Corcoran, R, Elliott, L, Ellis, G, Guell, C, Jurek-Loughrey, A, Kee, F, Maguire, A, Maskell, S, Murtagh, B, Smith, GM, Taylor, T and Jepson, R (2022) GroundsWell: Community-engaged and data-informed systems transformation of Urban Green and Blue Space for population health – a new initiative. Wellcome Open Research, 7 (237). ISSN 2398-502X

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Natural environments, such as parks, woodlands and lakes, have positive impacts on health and wellbeing. Urban Green and Blue Spaces (UGBS), and the activities that take place in them, can significantly influence the health outcomes of all communities, and reduce health inequalities. Improving access and quality of UGBS needs understanding of the range of systems (e.g. planning, transport, environment, community) in which UGBS are located. UGBS offers an ideal exemplar for testing systems innovations as it reflects place-based and whole society processes, with potential to reduce non-communicable disease (NCD) risk and associated social inequalities in health. UGBS can impact multiple behavioural and environmental aetiological pathways. However, the systems which desire, design, develop, and deliver UGBS are fragmented and siloed, with ineffective mechanisms for data generation, knowledge exchange and mobilisation. Further, UGBS need to be co-designed with and by those whose health could benefit most from them, so they are appropriate, accessible, valued and used well.
This paper describes a major new prevention research programme and partnership, GroundsWell, which aims to transform UGBS-related systems by improving how we plan, design, evaluate and manage UGBS so that it benefits all communities, especially those who are in poorest health. We use a broad definition of health to include physical, mental, social wellbeing and quality of life. Our objectives are to transform systems so that UGBS are planned, developed, implemented, maintained and evaluated with our communities and data systems to enhance health and reduce inequalities.
GroundsWell will use interdisciplinary, problem-solving approaches to accelerate and optimise community collaborations among citizens, users, implementers, policymakers and researchers to impact research, policy, practice and active citizenship. GroundsWell will be shaped and developed in three pioneer cities (Belfast, Edinburgh, Liverpool) and their regional contexts, with embedded translational mechanisms to ensure that outputs and impact have UK-wide and international application.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Publisher: F1000Research
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2022 12:24
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2022 12:24
DOI or ID number: 10.12688/wellcomeopenres.18175.1
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17651
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