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Transportation and Public Health e-Newsletter

June 2013
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates,
Thank you for taking the time to check out our monthly e-newsletter, in which we aim to provide you with a useful roundup of news related to health topics in transportation. Visit our public health, equity and transportation website at to find more reports, news and information.
Thank you,
APHA Highlights
APHA Annual Meeting: Registration now open
Registration and housing has opened for the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston from Nov. 2-6, a weeklong event drawing more than 13,000 public health practitioners, students and officials. APHA members and non-members can now register online at discounted prices. 
The theme for APHA’s 141st Annual Meeting and Expo, “Think Global, Act Local,” focuses on the best public health practices around the world and will highlight population health interventions and outcomes in communities across the globe. apha annual mtg logo
Prominent speakers at the opening and closing sessions pay homage to the meeting’s international and community health focus. Renowned epidemiologist Michael Marmot has conducted research on British, Scottish and Japanese populations, uncovering profound findings regarding social and health inequalities, while Boston Mayor Tom Menino has been an innovator in public health promotion, including promoting a YouTube video contest for city residents to help reduce their consumption of sugary beverages. Sarah Weddington, an attorney whose arguments before the Supreme Court led to the groundbreaking Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, will also speak at the opening session.
The Annual Meeting will also be visible online. Its mobile app, downloadable in September, will allow attendees to access on-site information immediately, and attendees and others can follow along on the APHA Annual Meeting Blog and other social media channels. Additionally, APHA will host its first social media lab to provide attendees with exposure to cutting-edge social media practices. For more details, visit
Resources and News
New resources from APHA, The American Journal of Public Health, The Nation's Health and Public Health Newswire:
 Bike to School
Other resources and news: 
Get Involved
Save the date for New Partners for Smart Growth 2014

Save the date (Feb. 13-15) at the Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel, for the nation's largest smart growth and sustainability event. The 13th New Partners program will feature a dynamic mix of inspiring plenaries, illuminating breakouts, implementation workshops and networking activities. The call for session proposals submittal form and instructions are available online, and the call is open from June 3 through July 8 at Registration opens in early September.


Federal Highway Administration launches a livable communities discussion board

The new discussion board released by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration is an online community of practitioners in public, private, and non-profit agencies and organizations at the local, state, and federal levels, who are interested in helping communities provide more transportation choices, encourage access to good jobs and affordable housing, support quality schools and promote safer streets and roads.
Participants come from a range of fields and are 
invited to share their questions and perspectives. Register today to post questions and contribute to discussions.


Calls for papers and for posters on health and transportation topics

The Health and Transportation Subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board seeks research papers about using transportation and travel analysis/models in coordination with public health analysis/models to understand how transportation and land use systems affect public health outcomes. The subcommittee also seeks research poster presentations on the creative use of data and information to understand the relationships between transportation, land use systems and public health.


Free webinar: Building healthier communities through Let’s Move!

A free webinar to be held on Wednesday, June 19 will feature a call from first lady Michelle Obama to local leaders to take action to prevent childhood obesity and to make their communities a healthier place to live. Join this webinar to learn about tools, resources and recognition opportunities available to counties through Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and hear about ways that counties have enhanced their local efforts in promoting improved nutrition and increased physical activity in their communities. Register today.


National Open Streets training event coming this summer

Imagine if your local main street were temporarily closed to car traffic to make way for walking, biking and playing. How great would it be to see families biking and walking in normally traffic-clogged streets? Now is your chance to jump-start Open Streets in your community. Our partners at the Open Streets Project are excited to announce the first National Open Streets Training in Minneapolis, Aug. 9-11. The National Open Streets training will help enterprising advocates, local governments officials and business groups start their planning processes on the right foot. The training will discuss the key elements of successful Open Streets, including coalition-building, outreach to key stakeholders, marketing and branding, choosing a successful route and more. Learn more and register online.


New journal connects transportation and public health
The new Journal of Transport & Health will feature research on the many interactions between transport and health. Topics will include the 
impacts on public health and inequalities of active modes of transport, noise and air pollution generated by transport and road traffic injuries. Manuscripts are being accepted on an ongoing basis and are welcomed from around the world.


Upcoming Events in 2013
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.
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 - American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting: Chicago
Nov. 2-6 – APHA Annual Meeting: Boston
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