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HumPAL and partners created the first rural Healthy Development Measurement Tool in the United States. It is a comprehensive evaluation metric used to consider health needs in rural development plans and projects, used to objectively assess and measure the community health impacts of a development project and is used to inform decisions about projects or policies. The tool consists of six "sections" or "elements" as the major subject areas. The "objectives" describe desired outcomes of the planning process. "Health indicators" are measurable factors used to evaluate a current or proposed development or plan in relation to an objective. The "development goals" portion of the Humboldt HDMT provides specific measurable ways to achieve objectives, and is still being developed. INSERT ANCHORS:


Objective HE.1: Increase high-quality employment opportunities for local residents

  • HE.1.a Proportion of jobs paying a livable wage
  • HE.1.b Median per-capita income

Objective HE.2: Increase jobs that provide healthy, safe and meaningful work

  • HE.2.a Proportion of population covered by health insurance
  • HE.2.b Occupational non-fatal injury rate by industry

Objective HE.3: Increase equality in income and wealth

  • HE.3.a Poverty rates amongst different age groups
  • HE.3.b Unemployment
  • HE.3.c New business creation
  • HE.3.d Number of jobs available with appropriate educational requirements

Objective HE.4: High speed internet access available throughout the County

  • HE.4.a Businesses and payroll without high speed internet access


Objective ES.1: Decrease consumption of energy and natural resources

  • ES.1.a: Consumption of local vs. imported energy in Humboldt County
  • ES.1.b: Proportion of electricity consumption renewably produced in Humboldt
  • ES.1.c: Motor vehicle fuel consumption in the county

Objective ES.2: Restore, preserve and protect healthy natural habitats

  • ES.2.a Acres of public open space per 1,000 population

Objective ES.3: Promote food access and sustainable urban and rural agriculture and timber production

  • ES.3.a Proportion of County land area retained for active farming uses
  • ES.3.b Proportion of County land area retained for timber production
  • ES.3.c Percent of food consumption of food produced within the County

Objective ES.4: Preserve clean air quality

  • ES.4.a Maintenance of compliance with federal and state air quality standards for toxics and criteria pollutants by jurisdiction
  • ES.4.b Proportion of population living on unsurfaced roads

Objective ES.5: Preserve water quality

  • ES.5.a Total Impervious Area (TIA) 10% TIA is suggested for stability.
  • ES.5.b Bacterial contamination and turbidity
  • ES.5.c percent of households using municipal water systems


Objective HH.1: Preserve and construct housing in proportion to demand with regards to size, affordability and tenure

  • HH.1.a Proportion of housing production to housing need by income category
  • HH.1.b Proportion of households paying greater than 50% of their income on their homes
  • HH.1.c Housing purchasing capacity of the median income household
  • HH.1.d Proportion of households living in overcrowded conditions
  • HH.1.e Proportion of renter and owner occupied housing
  • HH.1.f Housing wage as a percent of minimum wage
  • HH.1.g Residential density
  • HH.1.h Proportion of renter households paying more than 30% of their household income on gross rent

Objective HH.2: Protect residents from involuntary displacement

  • HH.2.a Homeless Population
  • HH.2 b Percentage of homeless school children
  • HH2.c Estimated homeless population in the County

Objective HH.3: Eliminate Barriers to Diversity

  • HH.3.a Multi-group diversity index
  • HH.3.b Number of per capita code violations for housing safety and habitability in the past year


Objective PI.1: Assure affordable and high quality childcare

  • PI.1.a. Number of children 0-13 years and capacity of licensed childcare (centers and family homes)
  • PI.1.b. Difference between number of children eligible for childcare and number of childcare subsidies available
  • PI.1.c. Average childcare costs as a proportion of family budget
  • PI.1.d Proportion of zip-codes without childcare facilities

Objective PI.2: Assure access to daily goods and service needs including healthy foods

  • PI.2.a Percentage of seniors within a ½ mile of senior center
  • PI.2.b Proportion of households within ½ mile of a public elementary school
  • PI.2.c. Proportion of public schools with onsite kitchen facilities
  • PI.2.d. Fast food establishments within ½ mile of high schools and middle schools
  • PI.2.e Accessibility of full-service grocery store/supermarket or store carrying produce
  • PI.2.f. Percentage of people reporting food insecurity

Objective PI.3: Increase park and open space and recreation facilities

  • PI.3.a Proportion of population within ¼ mile of public parks
  • PI.3.b Residential density

Objective PI.4: Assure affordable and high quality health facilities

  • PI.4.a. Distribution of medical facilities relative to population density
  • PI.4.b. Number of hospital beds per 100,000 population
  • PI.4.c. Medical facilities within 1/2 mile of a transit stop
  • PI.4.d Percentage of population within 2 miles of a medical center


Objective SC.1: Promote safe neighborhoods free of crime and violence and geologically safe, supported by adequate safety response

  • SC.1.a Social Cohesion and neighborhood safety
  • SC.1.b Location of take-out alcohol outlets
  • SC.1.c Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

Objective SC.2: All new development is served by an emergency response agency

  • SC.2.a First responder response time, specifically Fire response times by zip code
  • SC.2.b Emergency preparedness training for citizens

Objective SC.3: Improve accessibility, beauty and cleanliness of public spaces

  • SC.3.a. Miles of Class A or B sidewalks
  • SC.3.b. Percentage of jurisdictions with sidewalk policies
  • SC.4.a Isolation index


Objective ST.1: Decrease private motor vehicles trips and miles traveled

  • ST.1.a Proportion of households without at least one vehicle available
  • ST.1.b Average vehicle miles traveled by Humboldt Residents per day
  • ST.1.c Proportion of vehicle trips 2 miles or less
  • ST.1.d Number of motor vehicle collisions and location
  • ST.1.e Average minutes traveled to work by zip code

Objective ST.2: Provide affordable and accessible public transportation options

  • ST.2.a Proportion of commute trips made by public transit
  • ST.2.b Proportion of households with 1/4 mile access to a bus link
  • ST.2.c Proportion of average income spent on transportation expense
  • ST.2.d Per capita expenditures on road construction and maintenance

Objective ST.3: Create safe, quality environments for walking and biking

  • ST.3.a Ratio of miles of bike lanes and paths to miles of road
  • ST.3.b Proportion of commute trips and trips to school made by walking or biking
  • ST.3.c Number and rate of bicycle/pedestrian injury collisions
  • ST.3.d Percentage of population living on two lane roads without shoulders
  • ST.3.e Proportion population living on residential streets with 35mph or greater speed limit
  • ST.3.f Percent of population who have access to pedestrian facilities