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Transportation and Public Health e-Newsletter

April 2013
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates,Girls Walking
Thank you for taking the time to check out our monthly e-newsletter, where we aim to provide you with a useful roundup of news related to health topics in transportation. We hope that you’ll share this e-newsletter with your friends, family and colleagues. And please visit our public health, equity and transportation website at to find more reports, news and information.
Thank you,
APHA Highlights
NPHW 2013National Public Health Week is here!
National Public Health Week is happening this week through April 7, and it's a time for us to recognize the contributions of public health and focus on pertinent public health issues. This year's NPHW theme is "Public Health is ROI: Save Lives, Save Money." The 2013 NPHW partner toolkit, fact sheets and other resources can be found by visiting the NPHW website ( Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter at @NPHW and plan to participate in the NPHW Twitter chat on April 3, via #NPHWchat. For those in Washington, D.C., APHA and the Pan American Health Organization are co-sponsoring the Walk for Health on Saturday, April 6. The walk starts at PAHO headquarters. A fun festival with activities, information and refreshments will follow. Short- and long-distance courses will be created and those who wish to jog, run or bike are encouraged to do so. This is a family friendly event and all are encouraged to attend! Visit the Walk's Facebook page to get updates.
Resources and News
AJPH April 2013 CoverNew resources from the American Journal of Public Health, The Nation's Health and Public Health Newswire:
Walkability, Transit Access, and Traffic Exposure for Low-Income Residents With Subsidized Housing. Douglas Houston, PhD, Victoria Basolo, PhD, and Dongwoo Yang, MSCRP.
Health Cobenefits and Transportation-Related Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the San Francisco Bay Area. Neil Maizlish, PhD, James Woodcock, PhD, Sean Co, MS, Bart Ostro, PhD, Amir Fanai, CEng IMechE, and David Fairley, PhD.

Other resources and news:

A Walking Revolution: A Movement Making Americans Happier and Healthier addresses the power of walking for health, community, schools and more.

STAR Communities: New Technical Guide to the STAR Community Rating System

Counting Bicyclists and Pedestrians to Inform Transportation Planning: This brief by Active Living Research describes a number of technologies for counting bicycles and pedestrians and the benefits and challenges associated with different approaches.

Center for Neighborhood Technology blog post on why public transit is good for health


Get Involved
Grant funding available from the Health Impact Project
The Health Impact Project released a request for proposals (RFP) to fund three grants up to $100,000 each to identify and address potential health impacts of an upcoming decision in each of their communities or the state of Minnesota through the use of health impact assessments (HIA). Eligible organizations include Minnesota-based nonprofits; local, tribal or state agencies and educational institutions. Proposals are due May 15.
Participate in Global Youth Traffic Safety Month
Every year in May, young people across the nation unite during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month to focus on the leading cause of death for themselves and their peers: traffic-related crashes. Participate in Global Youth Traffic Safety Month by joining Act Out Loud, which is the traffic safety campaign designed with young adults in mind.
Upcoming Events in 2013
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.
Sept. 24-25 - National Health Impact Assessment Meeting: Washington, D.C.
Nov. 2-6 – APHA Annual Meeting: Boston
Crosswalk with pedestrians.

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