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Transportation and Public Health e-Newsletter

July 2013
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates,
Sign for pedestrian crossingThank 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: Not-to-miss updates
Registration and housing is open for the 2013 APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston from Nov. 2-6. The early-bird registration discount ends on Aug. 22. 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. The online program is now available and features a keyword search by topic (e.g., transportation, safety, access) as well as by date or author. Interested in the most important events taking place at the Annual Meeting? Visit to learn more.
Resources and News
AJPH July 2013 CoverNew resources from APHA: The American Journal of Public Health, The Nation's Health and Public Health Newswire:
Other resources and news: 
EPA report on the impacts of the built environment on health
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released an updated version of its 2001 report: Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions Between Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality. This report is the EPA’s most comprehensive review to date on how development patterns affect environmental and human health. In the report, travel behavior is emphasized as one of the most important indirect effects on how and where we build our communities. From 1950 to 2011, the population has nearly doubled, but vehicle miles traveled have increased six fold. The report provides information to help state and local governments decide how to accommodate growing populations in an environmentally respectful manner. 
Summer driving tips from NHTSA
Since many families are beginning to take their summer vacations, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration urges drivers to perform basic safety checks to ensure all types of vehicles are in optimal driving condition before hitting the road. Read the new 2013 Summer Driving Tips online at The printable version contains a vehicle safety checklist and tips about keeping children safe on and off the road. The online interactive version lets users click through the various stages of travel to help them prepare and plan for a safe trip.
Distracted driving crashes are under-reported
The National Safety Council has released a new report stating the number of crashes involving cellphone use is much greater than the number reported. The analysis highlights the challenges involved in collecting crash data and why is it important to determine the scope of cellphone involvement in crashes.
Allergy medicines and driving
This allergy season, the FDA is promoting awareness of the potential health risks and precautions to take when using antihistamines. Some antihistamines can make you feel drowsy and when not taken responsibly, can pose a danger to your health and safety and impair your ability to drive.
Partnership for Sustainable Communities marks its fourth anniversary
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities marked its fourth anniversary on June 16. The collaboration of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been working together to help communities build stronger economies, improve housing and transportation, protect the environment.
NHTSA projects increased fatalities for 2012
Communities are Our HomesNHTSA’s early estimate of motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2012 shows a 5.3 percent increase in fatalities since 2011. This is the first year-to-year increase of fatalities since 2005. In addition, the Federal Highway Administration preliminary data shows that vehicle miles traveled in 2012 has increased by about 9.1 billion miles, an approximately 0.3 percent increase since 2011.  
Injury vulnerability for older occupants and women
A recent report from NHTSA describes the differences in injury vulnerability across different ages and genders. The analyses of this report demonstrate occupants’ fatality risk grows 3 percent for each year they get older, starting at age 21. The report also shows that young adult women up to age 35 are 25-30 percent higher fatality risk than men of the same age.
New research:
Get Involved
Free webinar on using GIS for Safe Routes to School - Thursday, July 11, from 2-3 p.m. Eastern Boulevard with walkers.
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar to serve as an informative guide for communities that are interested in better understanding geographic information systems (GIS) tools and identifying pertinent issues in their communities using GIS.
Walk to School Day: registration open
Registration is now open for the Oct. 9 event, celebrating the 17th Walk to School Day. This annual event celebrates the benefits of walking and bicycling to school. Registration is free and available for individuals and organizations holding an October event in the United States. Organizers who register a Walk to School Event will receive free downloadable materials such as stickers, fliers and certificates for the event.  
Upcoming Events in 2013
Aug. 13-15 - Safe Routes to School National Conference: Sacramento, Calif.
Aug. 20-21 - Roadway Safety Culture Summit: Washington, D.C.
Sept. 18-21 - Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Summit: Washington, D.C.
Sept. 24-25 - National Health Impact Assessment Meeting: Washington, D.C.
Sept. 29-Oct. 2 - American Public Transportation Association Annual Meeting: Chicago
Oct. 1-3 - 2013 Walking Summit: Washington, D.C.
Nov. 2-6 – APHA Annual Meeting: Boston
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