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Transportation and Public Health e-Newsletter

October 2013
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates:
We are just a few weeks away from APHA's 141st Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston! This edition of the e-newsletter provides you with a sampling of some of the fascinating sessions and topics that will be covered there. We've also shared other updates on new resources, information and a free APHA webinar. As always, thank you for taking the time to check out our monthly e-newsletter. Visit our public health, equity and transportation website at to learn more.
Thank you,
APHA Highlights
APHA's Annual Meeting: Transportation-related sessions listed online
Scientific SessionThe APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition attracts more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists and specialists. The Annual Meeting will include numerous sessions on transportation, health and equity issues, on topics ranging from safety to food access to walking interventions to speeding and more. Visit to register and plan your time at the Annual Meeting.
A handful of sessions and papers on transportation topics is listed below; it serves as a 'cheat sheet' on health and transportation sessions at the Annual Meeting. Many more may be found through the online program:  
Sunday, Nov. 3
Monday, Nov. 4
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Wednesday, Nov. 6


Resources and News
New resources from APHA: Public Health Newswire and webinar:

APHA archived webinar: Partnerships for Transforming Community Health through City Planning
Successful partnerships are at the core of both public health and planning practice. With the right partners at the table, more change can happen faster and with greater satisfaction for communities. But how do we get planners to work with public health professionals? One answer: It takes leadership at the highest level.
In this webinar, planning directors and health commissioners from Austin, Texas and Baltimore pair up to discuss how they are building bridges between their departments and working to transform their approach to complex problems like chronic disease. The audience learns about how the Community Transformation Grant program has supported and encouraged these efforts in Austin, while in Baltimore, the city's mayor has pushed inter-departmental partnerships.
This webinar was offered jointly by the American Planning Association and APHA. Materials from the Sept. 27 webinar are available online. 
Get Involved
Development of a CDC and USDOT transportation and health tool announced
Girls WalkingThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Transportation are partnering to develop a simple-to-use transportation and health tool, or THT. Now, for the first time, it will be possible for transportation decision-makers to understand how their community or state compares to their peers in terms of key health and transportation indicators. Through a rigorous process, including extensive work with an expert panel, several transportation and health indicators have been selected for use in the THT. This tool is designed to be a useful resource for transportation decision-makers around the country, providing an overview and a key perspective on how their decisions affect the health of the communities they serve. The THT is under development with an anticipated online launch in fall 2014. For more information, contact Lilly Shoup at
Upcoming Events in 2013
Nov. 2-6 – APHA Annual Meeting: Boston 

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