Alabama Inclusive, Healthy Communities


September 24th – 25th, 2018

UAB Alumni House – Birmingham, Alabama

Join us to learn the fundamentals of walkability and what it takes to create connected, inclusive and healthy communities that are safe for all ages and abilities. This two-day event will feature renowned walkability expert Mark Fenton along with a walk audit facilitator training and national, state and local level speakers!

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Registration, Grab n Go Lunch

11:30 AM

Welcome, Introduction to the Day

12:00 PM

The Mechanics of Walk Audits and Facilitation

by Mark Fenton

12:15 PM

Group Walk Audit

by Mark Fenton

01:15 PM

3P recommendations for area walk: Programmatic, Physical Projects, & Policies

by Mark Fenton

02:30 PM

Discussion and Debrief

03:00 PM

Closing Thoughts/ Introduce Day 2 Routes

3:30 PM


04:30 PM

Registration, Coffee & Continental Breakfast

08:00 AM

Welcome and Introduction

by Dr. Tina Kempin Reuter

08:45 AM

Helping Communities Walk to Healthier Designs

by Mark Fenton

09:00 AM

National Voices on Walkability and Community Design

by Kate Kraft (Moderator), Emiko Atherton, David Kamp, Charles McKinney, G. Wade Walker

10:10 AM

Break, Grab n Go Lunch, Sponsor Minute

by Jeff Underwood, CEO and President, Lakeshore Foundation

11:20 AM

Lunch Keynote – Streets Reconsidered

by Mukul Malhotra

11:50 AM

Walk Audits

12:30 PM

Stories on Healthy Communities from Small and Large Towns/Cities

by Cathy S. Wright (Moderator), Hollie Cost, Frank Brocato, Darrell O’Quinn, Dr. Johnny L. Smith

02:00 PM

Who Benefits from Walkability?

by Ben Wieseman (Moderator), Keith M. Rawls, Carolyn Buck, Jane Reed Ross, James Fowler

03:00 PM

Call to Action

04:00 PM

Conclude and Adjourn

04:30 PM


Dynamic Speakers

We’re honored to have engaging national, state and local speakers, experts and innovators on the topic of walkability and inclusive community design!

Walk Audit Facilitator Training

A walk audit is a great way to identify the diverse needs of a community and generate user feedback.  On Day 1 of the Summit, attendees will have the opportunity to be trained as a walk audit facilitator by renowned walkability expert, Mark Fenton.

Innovative Ideas for All

The essence of inclusive community design touches all walks of life.  This Summit is for those representing health, disability, planning, public works, parks & recreation, economic development, school, housing, transit, elected and appointed officials, researchers, business and advocacy.

Everybody Walks

Whether you use two feet or two wheels, everybody walks and there is no better way to explore your community and it’s needs than to go on a walk audit!  All attendees will get an opportunity to experience a walk audit by trained facilitators.


Choose your ticket option for the Summit.  NEW student rate available!

Day One and Two
  • Limited to 45 people
  • Walk Audit Facilitator Training
  • Small group training with Mark Fenton
  • *Day 2 Participation Required

Sold Out!

Day Two Only
  • National, State and Local Speakers
  • Experience a Walk Audit
  • Limited Seating
  • Networking Opportunities

Reserve Your Spot

Let’s Get Social

Share your thoughts and experiences from the Summit using #ALWalkSummit.

Frequently Asked Questions
Where will I park at the venue?

Specific details about parking will be sent out to all attendees in advance of the Summit.  Parking will be available in the UAB Alumni House parking lot as well as street parking and an additional nearby UAB parking lot.

Where do I make an accommodation request?

Please submit all accommodation requests in advance by September 15, 2018 to Amy Rauworth at or 205-313-7487.  Alternate formats of event materials are available upon request.

Is there an event hotel?

We do not have an event hotel but we have suggested hotels close to the event. The hotels we have suggested are: Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham Downtown near UAB, Home2Suites, Residence Inn Birmingham Downtown at UAB and Courtyard Birmingham Downtown at UAB.

What should I expect on a walk audit?

Walk audits will be done in groups of 12-15 people.  You will have at least two trained group facilitators who will take you on a guided (up to 1 mile looped) walking route.  Umbrellas will be available for rain or sun as well as safety vests.  Please bring or wear comfortable shoes and attire for a 1 mile walking audit.

Who should attend the Summit?

This Summit is for those working in health, disability, planning, public works, parks & recreation, economic development, school, housing, transit, elected and appointed officials, researchers, business and advocacy fields.  We also welcome concerned citizens and others interested in the topic!


Thanks to the following sponsors for making this Summit possible!



UAB Alumni House

1301 10th Avenue South

Birmingham, AL 35205



+1 205 313 7432

+1 800 900 8086

Are you ready to make a change Alabama?

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