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Michelle Rushing

Research Associate II
Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University


Atlanta, GA

Since joining the GHPC in 2012, Michelle has offered technical assistance to multiple clients and led numerous HIA workshops. Recent activities have included leading an HIA of the State of Georgia’s 2015 Qualified Allocation Plan for Low Income Housing Tax Credits and training CDC Prevention Effectiveness Fellows on HIA. She has also designed trainings that prepared local governments to qualify for planning excellence status under the regional planning standards relating to Health Impact Assessment (HIA), to identify ways that public health departments and planners can collaborate on HIAs, and to guide planners and consultants in reviewing or implementing use of the HIA toolset. She also delivered a two-day on-site learning program in Columbia, MO, combined with technical assistance in order to facilitate their transit service HIA. Prior to joining GHPC, Michelle managed two major HIAs at the Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development at Georgia Tech, including a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on PLAN 2040, the long-term regional comprehensive plan which integrated multiple aspects of regional planning, including transportation and land use, housing, greenspace, water, and air quality through the year 2040. While at Georgia Tech, Michelle co-authored a peer-reviewed article detailing the methods and outcomes for an HIA of the Atlanta BeltLine, a transit, trail, parks, and redevelopment project encircling downtown Atlanta. Additionally, she conducted several HIA workshops, helped develop guidelines for funding HIA work, and conducted research to measures and aims to enhance the health benefits associated with construction of a walking and cycling trail along the northeastern portion of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor. From 2010 to 2014, she served on the Provisional Steering Committee that formed the Society of Practitioners of HIA (SOPHIA). Michelle is former chair of the Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC).