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Transportation and Public Health e-Newsletter

December 2012

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Season's greetings public health leaders and advocates,

In this month's edition, we have a little bit of everything: ideas for your (public health-focused) holiday shopping, new resources and exciting upcoming events. Please share this e-newsletter with friends, family and colleagues. And visit our public health, equity and transportation website at

Have a happy and healthy holiday season,

American Public Health Association


APHA Highlights

Political cartoon book by APHA’s Benjamin, co-authors for sale

Health Reform Cartoon

Signed copies of “The Quest for Health Reform: A Satirical History,” an engaging historical cartoon book that recounts the efforts to reform the U.S. health system, are available at List price $26.50, APHA member price $18.50. Other excellent titles in the publications catalog include:


APHA announces new, exclusive online community: The Well

The Well brings together thousands of public health professionals to discuss public health issues, share documents, coordinate events and much more. The new APHA community features a variety of tools such as listserves, bulletin boards and calendars, which allow members to engage with others with shared interests and collaborate within a Section or across the entire APHA community on public health issues that matter most. It has never been this easy to connect with your peers! Visit The Well today and join the discussion. You will need your APHA member ID and password to access the community.


APHA explored San Francisco and now prepares for Boston! Crosswalk in San Francisco

APHA's 140th Annual Meeting in San Francisco offered exciting experiences for its more than 12,500 attendees. From enlightening research presentations to the San Francisco Giants World Series celebratory parade to dynamic speakers, there was never a dull moment at this year's meeting.

APHA heads to Boston for the 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 2-6, 2013. The Annual Meeting will focus on the theme “Think Global Act Local.” Abstract submission opens Dec. 14. Visit our website for more information about the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting.


National Public Health Week 2013 theme: “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money!”NPHW Logo  (2).JPG

Did you hear the news? The National Public Health Week theme for 2013 was announced at APHA’s Annual Meeting Opening Session. This year's National Public Health Week theme is “Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money!” Public Health is a positive return on investment. When we invest in prevention strategies and health programs, we save lives and money. Get involved with National Public Health Week by signing up for updates and downloading the 2013 brochure. Be sure to follow National Public Health Week via social media on Twitter, @NPHW and on the NPHW Facebook page.


APHA releases public health infographic, calls out traffic safety

It is often difficult to describe public health and its impact in concrete terms, which is a critical step in building support for important programs. A new infographic from APHA shows the positive impact of public health and reinforces the importance of funding for public health programs at all levels. Share the infographic widely with your friends, family, community, local media and policymakers. Post it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and your website or send it via email to spread the word about public health.


Resources and News

December 2012 CoverNew resources from APHA:

From the American Journal of Public Health:

Evaluation of an Education, Restraint Distribution, and Fitting Program to Promote Correct Use of Age-Appropriate Child Restraints for Children Aged 3 to 5 Years: A Cluster Randomized Trial.

Opportunities for Studying Relationships Between Mobility and Health in Older Populations.

Route Infrastructure and the Risk of Injuries to Bicyclists: A Case-Crossover Study

Visit AJPH on Facebook for updates on current research, a look back at earlier research and more. “Like” AJPH today!


Additional new resources:

New infographic highlights the dangers of drowsy driving

Urban Traffic Calming and Health: A Literature Review.

Risk of Fatal Injury in Older Adult Drivers, Passengers, and Pedestrians.

Road user behaviour changes following a self-explaining roads intervention.

Attitudes, mode switching behavior, and the built environment: A longitudinal study in the Puget Sound Region.

Barriers and facilitators to public bicycle scheme use: A qualitative approach.

Does facing traffic improve pedestrian safety?

Pediatric trauma due to motor vehicle accidents on high traffic roadway


Get Involved

Input sought on pandemic planning

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program is sponsoring development of a guide for public transportation pandemic planning and response, with small and rural transit agencies as the primary target audience. The project team is conducting a survey of transit agencies, state DOTs, emergency managers and public health officers to identify and distill best practices. Please take the short survey and check out the blog Planning Transportation for Pandemic Flu.

Register for the 12th annual New Partners for Smart Growth conference

The multi-disciplinary New Partners for Smart Growth conference, Feb. 7-9 in Kansas City, Mo., will include 90 plenaries, breakouts, workshops and trainings and will feature cutting-edge policies and programs, projects and best practices, as well as strategies and implementation tools that address the challenges of implementing smart growth development principles. Visit for more details on the conference program.


Upcoming Events in 2013

Jan. 13-17 - Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting: Washington

Feb. 7-9 - New Partners for Smart Growth Conference: Kansas City, Mo. 

Feb. 26-28 - Active Living Research Conference: San Diego
March 4-6 - National Bike Summit: Washington
April 13-17 - American Planning Association Conference: Chicago

April 14-16 - Main Streets Conference: New Orleans

April 14-17 - International Trails Symposium: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona

May 29 - June 1 - Annual Congress for the New Urbanism: Salt Lake City
June 2-7 - Community Transportation Association Expo: Albuquerque, N.M.
June 23-27 - International Making Cities Livable Conference: Portland, Ore.
Aug. 13-15 - Safe Routes to School National Conference: Sacramento, Calif.
Nov. 2-6 – APHA Annual Meeting: Boston


Crosswalk with pedestrians. 


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