Baton Rouge Health District Plan
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
The 1,100 acre master plan study was initiated in 2013 to improve traffic flow and guide smart growth around two regional medical centers in South Baton Rouge. We led a year-long participatory planning process involving thirteen healthcare, academic and research institutions, as well as government and non-profit partners, and residential communities in South Baton Rouge. The resulting Health District Plan includes a much broader scope and vision, ranging from healthy place-making to population health initiatives that prepare Baton Rouge for the future of healthcare.
The Baton Rouge Health District Plan creates a framework for transforming the medical corridor into a Health District—an efficient, safe and balanced community that supports healthy living, every step of the way. The District is more than a place: it's also a coalition for improving efficiency and community health outcomes through partnership initiatives. Among the proposed initiatives is the Baton Rouge Diabetes and Obesity Center—a community asset that will bring together healthcare providers and researchers working to reduce the burden of chronic disease in Baton Rouge and Louisiana. Growth of existing academic and research institutions, including the addition of a potential four-year medical school, is also accommodated in the District framework. The District also enables greater collaboration around transportation improvements and emergency preparedness efforts between partners.
The emerging Health District will support the vitality of its members and deliver health and economic development benefits to Baton Rouge and beyond.
More information can be found at www.brhealthdistrict.org