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Transportation and Public Health Newsletter

December 2013
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates:
Thank you for taking the time to check out our monthly newsletter. Visit our public health, equity and transportation website at to learn more. Happy holidays!
Thank you,
APHA Highlights
New Branding Header No pictureMeet the new APHA
For more than 140 years, APHA has been the driving force behind every major public health advancement. And we're just getting started. At the Annual Meeting, APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, introduced the new APHA and challenged attendees to join the movement to make the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation. Read more and view the video.

New guide on Health in All Policies
Because where we live, work and play have a significant impact on our health, it is important that health be a top priority in education, transportation, planning, food and other policies. A new resource, “Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments,” is designed to help improve the public’s health and safety by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all sectors and policy areas.
Written by public health practitioners, the guide was developed in collaboration with the American Public Health Association, California Department of Public Health and Public Health Institute. It features strategies for achieving good health and sustainability across the community and tips for engaging stakeholders, building relationships and making joint decisions across sectors. The publication also includes guidance on developing messages around the health-in-all-policies concept as well as examples of co-benefits that can be attained through strong public health policy.
Share this new tool with public health colleagues and local leaders. This approach can be used to address today’s most challenging health issues, including growing rates of chronic diseases and injury, widening health inequities and climate change.
Resources and News
New resources from APHA and beyond:
Starting May 2014, all commercial motor vehicle drivers must have a valid medical certificate issued by eligible health care professionals listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry). This program requires all medical examiners who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers to be trained and certified in physical qualification standards. Medical examiners who have completed the training and successfully passed the test are included in an online directory on the National Registry website. By registering, you will increase your exposure and attract new patients. Learn more at:
Get Involved
Upcoming conference on active living
Join Active Living Research in San Diego at the Paradise Point Hotel, March 9-12, for the 2014 Annual Conference. The theme of the 2014 conference, "Niche to Norm," recognizes the importance of advancing active living from an emerging research field with limited results and impact to well-accepted findings that regularly guide decision-making across sectors to create more active communities. Visit to learn more.
Upcoming Events in 2014
12-16: Transportation Research Board; Washington, D.C.

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