New Webinar: Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns

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Webinar Title: Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns

Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday May 10th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar

Not all communities face the same opportunities and challengs in promoting walking and other forms of physical activity. Join America Walks as we look at walking and walkable communities in rural communities and small towns, exploring resources, toolkits and projects from walking champions working in this area. This webinar assumes a basic knowledge of issues related to walking and walkable communities.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Explore tools and resources developed and used by rural communities and small towns to promote healthy communities
  • Hear from walking champions on the ground working to create rural walkable communities
  • Learn how to increase promotion of walking and walkable communities in their own communities
About the Presenters

CELS Faculty & Staff

Brian Clinton, MA, MCHES is the Community Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Eastern Highlands Health District (EHHD).  This districts provides local governmental public health services to ten small/rural towns in eastern Connecticut.  He oversees the EHHD Community Health Action Response Team (CHART) which received the Plan4Health grant from the American Planning Association in 2015.

Brian is an adjunct faculty member at Quinebaug Valley Community College teaching allied health and community health courses. Formerly he was a lecturer at the University of Rhode Island, served as a consultant to the University of Connecticut Masters of Public Health program on a health education initiative grant, coordinated allied health training programs at Three Rivers Community College, was the director of prevention and education the Long Island Association for AIDS Care, and coordinated the HRSA/HCOP grant at Northern Arizona University.


JessJessica Davies is the Assistant Health Director with Panhandle Public Health District, a rural health district in the Nebraska Panhandle serving 12 counties encompassing nearly 15,000 square miles.  Her over 13 years of experience at the health district has afforded her many opportunities to become adept in the development and implementation of evidence-based programming at all socio-ecological levels.  She has extensive experience with grant administration and is trained to facilitate utilizing nationally recognized participatory group processes.


Davies provides ongoing technical assistance to worksites through an evidence-based process, reinforcing environmental and policy strategies.  She helped bring the Panhandle Worksite Wellness Council to fruition which provides significant benefit and ongoing resources to worksites throughout the Panhandle region impacting nearly 25% of the employed population.


Davies is a certified group fitness instructor and co-owner of a not-for-profit fitness center, The Body Shop, providing fitness opportunities for the Hemingford community where she teaches kickboxing, circuit, and POUND Fit (exercise through drumming). She makes her home on a farm outside of Hemingford with her husband Adam and their three children – Avery 11, Berkley 7, and Daxton 5.



Rebecca Gleason, MS, PE is a research engineer for the Western Transportation Institute at Montana State University (MSU).  She is a key team member of the Small Urban and Rural Livability Center (SURLC) and has over 22 years of engineering and transportation research experience.  For the past 11 years, her work has focused on transportation systems that move people by bicycle, foot, bus and car in small towns and rural areas.   Rebecca was the primary author of the Guide to Promoting Bicycling on Federal Lands, the first comprehensive report that examined bicycling issues in federal lands and gateway communities across the country.  She has led study abroad courses for MSU students to the Netherlands and Germany to learn first-hand from transportation professionals why so many people there travel by train, bus, bicycle and foot.

She recently worked as part of a team with Alta Planning and Design and others to create The Small Town and Rural Multimodal Networksreport, a resource and idea book intended to help small towns and rural communities support safe, accessible, comfortable, and active travel for people of all ages and abilities.