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Greetings public health leaders and advocates,

Happy New Year!

This month's e-newsletter brings you many ways to get involved in the discussion around health and transportation. We are pleased to announce our free webinar series on transportation and public health for 2011, and we invite you to submit abstracts for APHA's 2011 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

We hope that you’ll share this e-newsletter with friends, family and colleagues. And please visit our transportation website to find other APHA reports, news and information.

Thank you,

The American Public Health Association

 

 

APHA Highlights

 

 

New Resources on Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in Transportation

Health impact assessments (HIAs) offer decision-makers a timely opportunity to ensure that health and equity are considered when shaping future transportation policy and systems. These assessments present a common-sense and evidence-based approach to ensure that impacts are appropriately addressed before decisions are made. Background information on HIAs and their processes is available from APHAthe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Human Impact Partners, among others.

Below are several examples of HIAs:

Pittsburg Railroad Avenue HIA on Transit-Oriented Development

Reduced Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Policy HIA

HIA of East Bay Recreational Trails and Access to Public Transit

Community-based HIA on Still/Lyell Freeway Channel in the Excelsior District

Light Rail Transit Line HIA in the Twin Cities

Atlanta Beltline HIA

APHA recently updated its fact sheet on HIAs, and it is available online: Transportation Health Impact Assessments.

 

APHA Call for Abstracts for the 2011 Annual Meeting

We are announcing the Call for Abstracts for the 2011 Annual Meeting, which will be held in Washington, D.C. from October 29 through November 2. The theme of this year's meeting is “Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies.”

We encourage abstracts in all areas of public health and are also interested in abstracts that focus on the Annual Meeting theme. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and must include a measurable learning objective. Some sections require more than a 250-word limit, so please read the Call for Abstracts guidelines carefully.

All abstracts must be submitted online. An easy-to-use online form will walk you through the process step-by-step. The site is now open so you may link directly to the abstract submission form through the APHA website at http://www.apha.org/meetings or http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/oasys.epl

Authors must provide complete and accurate contact information in order to be notified of abstract status on June 1. You do not have to be a member of APHA to submit an abstract; however, if your abstract is accepted, the presenting author must become an individual member as well as register for the Annual Meeting.

The deadline for submission of abstracts range from February 7-11, 2011 depending on the Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum to which you wish to submit. All submissions will end at 11:59 pm PST on the due date listed on the Call for Abstracts. Late submissions will not be accepted. We welcome your submission and look forward to your contribution at the APHA 139th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

 

Safety is the theme for next year's National Public Health Week at APHA

Creating a healthier nation starts with creating a safer nation — and that means taking steps to protect neighbors, families and communities from harm. Unintentional injuries, such as motor vehicle crashes, are listed in the top 10 causes of death for people ages 1-44. Injuries are not “accidents,” and we can prevent them from happening. Taking actions such as wearing a seatbelt, properly installing and using child safety seats and wearing a helmet are important ways to proactively promote safety and prevent injuries. Join APHA during National Public Health Week (NPHW) from April 4-10, 2011.

 

 

  Resources and News on Transportation and Health
 

 

Travel Time to Groceries and the Impacts to Public Health 

The City Fix recently reported on a set of studies that shows how grocery stores can be inaccessible to large portions of the population. The long-term inaccessibility of fresh food can be especially challenging for the health of low-income or minority populations.

 

New NRDC Report on State Transportation Policies and Climate Change

NRDC released a new report with Smart Growth America entitled Getting Back on Track: Aligning State Transportation Policy with Climate Change Goals. The report analyzes each state’s transportation policies and evaluates the extent to which they support efforts to reduce GHG emissions; there is special attention given to public health concerns surrounding climate change. The report is available online:
http://www.nrdc.org/smartgrowth/statepolicy.asp 

 

How Transit is Linked to Daily Recommended Physical Activity

A study conducted in Atlanta, Georgia demonstrated that people traveling by public transit were more likely to hit a daily target of 30 minutes of walking.

 

Links between Busy Roadways and Leukemia in Children

According to a French case-control study, living within less than a third of a mile of a heavy-traffic roadway doubles the odds of children developing acute leukemia.

 

Seat Belt Use in the Nation Up To 85 Percent

According to a new study by the CDC, most drivers report use of a seat belt when driving or riding in a vehicle, while one in seven adults do not buckle up for every trip.

 

Increased Walking Predicts Gray Matter Volume Later in Life

study in the journal Neurology noted that increased walking by middle-aged people is associated with greater gray matter volume nine years latter, which is in turn associated with a reduced risk of cognitive impairment.

 

New Resources from FHWA on Pedestrian Safety

Annually, around 4,500 pedestrians are killed in traffic crashes in the United States; many of these deaths are preventable. Providing walkways separated from the travel lanes is one solution, as noted in a new FHWA brochure: Safety Benefits of Walkways, Sidewalks, and Paved Shoulders—Tri-Fold Brochure. Additionally, FHWA hosted a November 2010 Pedestrian Safety Webinar, which has since been posted online; the webinar highlighted New York's Pedestrian Safety Study and Action Plan and California’s Pedestrian Safety Assessment Program. Visit the FHWA webinar page for more information: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_bike/ped_focus/webinar.cfm.

 

Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities Conference

APHA is a co-sponsor of the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, which will take place on February 3-5, 2011 in Charlotte, NC. The New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is national, multi-disciplinary conference that approaches community design from a public health and safety perspective.  Continuing education credits for health professionals (CME, CNE, and CHES) are available for 19 sessions, including those in the Public Health Track as well as several others. Visit www.NewPartners.org to get more details. 

 

 

  Get Involved
 

  

Interested in learning more about the intersection of public health and transportation, and the connections to the built environment across many sectors? We have provided a suite of archived webinars and upcoming webinars that may be of interest:

 

Archived Webinars:

Transportation for America has webinars available on these topics (visit http://t4america.org/webinars):

  • Transportation, Health and Public Safety
  • Transportation and Social Equity
  • Transportation, Energy and Climate
  • Transportation, Housing and Development
  • Transportation and Economic Opportunity

View archived webinars from The Convergence Partnership's Healthy People, Healthy Places Series.

America Walks and the National Center for Safe Routes To School has posted their webinar series online: http://ww.saferoutesinfo.org/training/can_webinars.cfm 

 

Upcoming Webinars: 

Join APHA for a free webinar series in 2011: What Healthy Communities Need from their Transportation Networks

Public health and transportation professionals have the opportunity to participate in a new, free, four-part webinar series in 2011 that covers how transportation systems impact health in diverse communities across the nation. Join us for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, highlights innovative state and local programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health, and explains what the future may hold for the federal surface transportation authorization.

Register online today! 

Note: by registering via the link above, participants register for all of the sessions in the webinar series. Details on the later sessions will be provided as the dates near.

If you cannot attend the sessions, no need to worry. They will be archived on our website for later viewing.

Webinar

Date

Webinar 1: Community Health and Transportation Planning

Explore unique state and local programs that thoroughly consider health and equity in planning. Introductory remarks by APHA Executive Director Georges C. Benjamin, MD, and presentations by:

  • Andrew L. Dannenberg, National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Leslie A. Meehan, Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
  • Jean Armbruster, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

  

January 18, 2011: 2-3 pm EST

Webinar 2: The Health Benefits from Active Transportation

Learn how active transportation improves health across various populations and learn of programs that promote and implement active transportation in their communities. Presentations by:

  • Jeffrey Miller, Alliance for Biking & Walking
  • Amanda Woodall, Active Transportation Alliance
  • David Godfrey, City of Kirkland, Washington

February 15, 2011: 2-3 pm EST

Webinar 3: Health Impact Assessments (HIAS) in Transportation

The health impact assessment (HIA) is gaining huge momentum as a tool to address the social and environmental determinants of health, particularly on transportation-related projects and policies. Presentations by:

  • Jonathan Heller, Human Impact Partners
  • Megan Wier, San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Heidi Guenin, Upstream Public Health

March 15, 2011: 2-3 pm EST

Webinar 4: Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries

Understand the public health professional’s role in roadway safety and learn of innovative programs to prevent roadway fatalities and injuries, in particular for vulnerable populations. Presentations by:

  • Sandra Viera, Prevention Institute
  • Russell H. Henk, Texas Transportation Institute, Teens in the Driver Seat Program
  • Buz Barbour, Hillsborough County Senior Zone Program

April 5, 2011: 2-3 pm EST

See you at our webinar series in 2011! Please send this to any colleagues who might be interested! 

 

  Upcoming Events
 

 
2011

January 23-27 - TRB Annual Meeting: Washington, D.C.

February 3-5 - New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities: Charlotte, N.C.

February 22-24 - The Active Living Research Annual Conference: San Diego

March 8-10 – National Bike Summit: Washington, D.C.

March 27-29 - National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities: Lifesavers 2011: Phoenix

August 16-18 - Safe Routes to School National Conference: Minneapolis

October 29 - November 2 - APHA Annual Meeting: Washington, D.C.

 

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