On April 11, 2019 the New Mexico Department of Health and members from the VIVA Connects team at the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center co-hosted a walkability workshop with residents of the village of Magdalena. Rooted in the Community Preventive Services Task Force’s evidence-based Community Guide, ten residents and village leaders came out to present researchers with four, community-wide goals they desired technical assistance with.
To effectively assess the village as a whole, attendees split into five, resident-researcher teams. Each group focused on a specific area identified by village leaders as either high foot-traffic zones, or regions with the potential to be developed into walkable zones. The groups then set out to audit the walkable features of these regions, recording their findings photographically and on assessment forms provided by VIVA Connects. See report for full details.