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Transportation and Public Health e-Newsletter

September 2013
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates:
Thank you for taking the time to check out our monthly e-newsletter. Visit our public health, equity and transportation website at to find more reports, news and information.
Thank you,
APHA Highlights


SidewalkNow available: APHA webinar on neighborhood planning through a health equity lens

The Community Transformation Grant program creates healthier communities by making healthy living easier and more affordable where people work, live, learn and play. Communities are encouraged to make structural changes to the built environment and establish policies that facilitate healthier living through the development and implementation of initiatives that prevent chronic diseases. This approach is particularly critical in communities with the greatest health and economic disparities. This webinar featured stories of successful collaboration between public health and planning in Seattle and Fort Worth, Texas, and demonstrated the positive impact attention to health equity has in neighborhood planning. See the recording from this recent webinar. APHA has additional archived webinars that cover how transportation systems affect health in diverse communities across the nation and highlights innovative state and local programs that leverage opportunities in transportation that benefit health.


Resources and News
New resources from APHA: The Nation's Health, The American Journal of Public Health and Public Health Newswire:AJPH September 2013 Cover
Other resources and news: 


ADHD and texting significantly impair teenage driving

ADHD and texting both significantly impair driving performance among teens, according to a study in JAMA Pediatrics.


U.S. Department of Transportation declares: Everyone is a pedestrian

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a new set of tools to help communities combat the rising number of pedestrian fatalities in recent years.


Road safety facts in the region of the Americas

This factsheet presents updated information based on the Global Status Report on Road Safety 2013. It includes information on the road traffic death rates per 100,000 population by region and by country, the proportion of road traffic deaths by type of road user and the number of countries with comprehensive laws. For more information, visit


How to increase cycling for daily travel

This presentation highlights research that includes valuable statistics that help make the case for bicycling for health benefits. 

 Kids walking

Obesity for U.S. preschoolers on the decline

Obesity among low-income preschoolers declined slightly in 19 states and U.S. territories from 2008 through 2011, according to the latest Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Get Involved

Join a webinar by the Safe Routes to School National Partnership 


On Sept. 26 from 2-3 p.m. Eastern, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership is hosting a free webinar on Let’s Get Moving to Help Underserved Communities. Childhood obesity affects the entire country, but it does not affect all communities equally. Children and all people living in underserved communities are likely to face greater challenges in reversing patterns of inactivity and poor health. In this webinar, learn how to win campaigns at the state and local level that will increase shared use agreements and street scale improvements.

Upcoming Events in 2013
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 
Crosswalk with pedestrians.

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