Added by Marisel Brown on July 19, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Cross-sector collaboration is one of the latest buzz phrases in public health. However, it is rare to hear of technology sector collaborations between healthy built environment advocates and technology types such as computer programmers and electrical engineers. Health care has taken advantage of…Continue
The emphasis on the built environment in public health is hard to escape. Conferences, podcasts, webinars.......you name it......there is a discussion concerning getting people to walk more frequently in their daily lives. The task for public health practitioners is to bring evidence to discussions in order to inform decision makers on parks, transportation, and planning boards to consider public health goals in their deliberations.
If asked, anyone working on community health…Continue
Transportation planning is increasingly being recognized as an important platform for population health improvement. While air quality may be the first health issue to come to mind, transporation planners and engineers influence how our communities are configured and determine the "walkability" &…Continue
Added by Marisel Brown on February 12, 2012 at 9:35pm — No Comments
Added by Marisel Brown on June 11, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments
In the year that I have been working on planning guidelines for healthier/walkable communities, I've heard very few elected officials speak of the concept in positive terms. Remember how someone in Congress called community design interventions to help people become healthier jungle gym programs. When you travel to other countries, you can be very disappointed about how poorly our elected officials compare to those in Europe. It seems American elected officials take pride in knowing as…Continue
Added by Fiona Hyde on February 18, 2011 at 9:23pm — No Comments
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The Active Communities / Transportation (ACT) Research Group serves as a focal point of research among students, faculty, and researchers who specialize in land use-transportation policies and programs relating to "active" communities and/or "active" transportation. The group is based at the University of Colorado (Boulder and Denver). Current projects include examining the factors influencing the types of neighborhoods households choose, how individuals…Continue
Added by Fiona Hyde on April 7, 2010 at 8:43pm — No Comments
Activities to document our food environment are gaining momentum. The USDA released a web-based tool that provides several food & physical activity indicators for all counties in the nation.
The Atlas assembles statistics on three broad categories of food environment factors:
Food Choices—Indicators of the community's access to and acquisition of healthy, affordable food, such as: access and proximity to a grocery store; number of foodstores and…
Added by Marisel Brown on February 24, 2010 at 5:37am — No Comments
The American Planning Association is taking the lead in making community health a central principle in municipalities across the country. APA launched the Planning and Community Health Research Center.
According to its web page:
"The Center is dedicated to integrating community health issues into local and regional planning practices by advancing a program of research, outreach, education, and policy. By working closely with policy makers, public health professionals,…Continue
Added by Fiona Hyde on December 26, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments
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