Brett Zimmerman is a Firefighter/EMT with Portland Fire and Rescue and recent graduate from Simmons University’s Master of Public Health program, a curriculum rooted in promoting health equity and justice. For the capstone project, Brett partnered with Oregon Walks to examine a potential relationship between sweeps of homeless communities and traffic crashes within Portland, Oregon. After ten years as a line firefighter, Brett transitioned into a community health role within PF&R, participating in pilot programs for alternative 911 response models to more appropriately respond to calls for behavioral health crises, low acuity medical concerns, and unmet basic needs.
Living Without Refuge: How the Housing Crisis Fuels Traffic Violence
By design, the Vision Zero movement is data-driven, but traffic crash reports often do not report the housing status of victims.