Recording / PlayCore Scholar Series: Bringing Play Opportunities to ALL Kids Through Play Streets

Recorded On: 08/12/2020

Across the U.S., Play Streets are being implemented in urban areas as temporary street closures that for a specified time period create safe spaces for play; however, these temporary play spaces can be used to encourage active play in rural areas as well. Play Streets are considered one way to address health disparities in children’s health and physical activity by providing places for safe play in neighborhoods and communities without access to safe and well-maintained parks and playgrounds. PARC has collaborated with ChangeLab Solutions to develop a resource guide on planning and implementing Play Streets in diverse rural low-income communities, which sometimes lack opportunities for safe physical activity. The guide contains templates and tangible steps to implementing Play Streets in any community as well as case studies illustrating how each of our four community partners created and implemented Play Streets. Drs. Keshia Pollack Porter and Renée Umstattd Meyer will be joined by Mrs. Micah Holcombe who led and continues to lead Play Streets as an Extension Agent within her rural community in central Texas. In addition, considerations for implementing Play Streets during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe what Play Streets are and how they encourage active play.
  • Identify key steps to implementing Play Streets in their own communities.
  • Discuss how Play Streets might be added to existing events to encourage activity.

M. Renée Umstattd Meyer, PhD

MCHES Professor, Department of Public Health

Baylor University

Dr. Umstattd Meyer is a Professor of Public Health and the Associate Dean for Research in the Baylor University Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences who is recognized nationally and internationally for her work with diverse underserved and rural communities. Her research aims to better understand and promote physical activity for all people across the lifespan, specifically acknowledging the importance of and interrelationships among behavioral, environmental, and policy factors.

She works with communities using mixed methods to understand cultural context and advance approaches and policies to foster healthy and active opportunities and lifestyles for all people, focusing much of her work on partnering with underserved rural communities and families. She co-leads the PAPREN Rural Active Living Workgroup and a Voices For Healthy Kids IEE special interest group focused on Activating Rural America. She has been invited to serve on advisory panels and/or lead webinars for Voices for Healthy Kids, America Walks, the Active Living Conference, and is a Past-President for the American Academy of Health Behavior, a multidisciplinary society of health behavior scholars and researchers.

Keshia Pollack Porter, PhD, MPH

Vice Dean for Faculty and Professor

Health Policy and Management / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Pollock Porter is the Vice Dean for Faculty and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Pollock Porter is a policy researcher advancing health equity using tools such as health impact assessments and strategies that promote health in all policies. Her research informs the development and implementation of policies and environments that promote equity and safety where people live, work, play, and travel.

Micah Holcombe

AgriLife Extension Service, Extension Agent, Family and Community Health

Texas A&M, Milam County TX

Russ Carson, PhD (Moderator)

Research and Health & Wellness Advisor


Russ has over 20 years of experience as a university Professor in kinesiology and public health, applied researcher, and PlayCore scholar and author of PlayOn! Russ is a passionate speaker on topics of comprehensive health and wellness and a committed champion of research translation and application. He is currently PlayCore’s Research Advisor dedicated to helping professionals turn research into practice for community health impact. Russ lives, works, and plays in northern Colorado.

This session will offer the following credits:


     0.1 IACET CEU

CEUs for a total of 1 Professional Development Hours (0.1 IACET CEU) will be provided to learners meeting the following requirements:

  • Be present for 95% of the duration of the learning event; 
  • Participate in activities and discussion throughout; 
  • Complete assessment with 80% mastery of learning outcome;
  • Complete feedback/evaluation survey

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Instructor(s) Disclosures:

The instructors of this training webinar are employed by PlayCore and disclose an interest in attendees partnering with PlayCore on their play and recreation initiatives.

Speakers Disclosures:

The opinions of the speakers in these events do not necessarily reflect the views of PlayCore and its brands.


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