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Transportation and Public Health Newsletter

January 2014
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates:
Happy new year! Thank you for taking the time to check out our monthly newsletter. Visit our public health, equity and transportation website at to learn more.
Thank you,
APHA Highlights
April 7-13 is National Public Health Week

National Public Health Week 2014
For close to two decades, communities nationwide have come together to celebrate National Public Health Week. This is an opportunity for public health and clinical health professionals to engage with individuals and communities to help them navigate the changing world of public health. NPHW 2014 will focus on guiding communities through the evolving public health system with the theme “Public Health: Start Here.” Join us as we celebrate NPHW 2014 from April 7-13 as we work toward creating a healthier nation. Get involved with National Public Health Week by signing up for updates. Be sure to follow us via Twitter, @NPHW.

Submit your abstract to the 142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

The American Public Health Association’s Call for Abstracts for APHA's 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition is now open. The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place in New Orleans Nov. 15-19. Abstracts can be submitted online between now and the second week of February. Depending on the Section, SPIG, Caucus or Forum to which you submit, abstracts are due by 11:59 PST Feb. 10-14. We welcome abstracts related to all areas of public health, including those that coincide with the 2014 theme, “Healthography: How Where You Live Affects your Health and Well-Being.”

2013 E-ssentialLearning - Recorded Presentations

Audio recordings of scientific sessions are synced with the corresponding PowerPoint presentations and uploaded to the APHA website following the meeting. Gain access to hundreds of scientific session presentations from the 2013 Annual Meeting in Boston through E-ssentialLearning (fee applies). Sessions can be streamed from any computer, giving you complete access to the knowledge shared during the meeting. If you have already purchased E-ssentialLearning, you should have already received an email with login information. If you did not receive an email and you purchased E-ssentialLearning,  you can access your password by requesting your password online.

Resources and News
New resources from APHA and beyond:

APHA infographic defines obesity problem, public health opportunity: Obesity is a growing problem in the U.S, but a new infographic produced by APHA shows how public health can lower the nation’s weight.
Report reveals dangerous gaps among state traffic safety laws: An annual report tracking the adoption of essential traffic safety laws among states was released Wednesday, revealing new cause for concern.
Health Resources in Action released a new series of Community Speed Reduction resources. Included in the series are reports on the public health impact of speeding, opportunities for improvement and case studies on several U.S. cities.

CDC developed a story on pedestrian safety and risk.  

Two new health impact assessment reports on transportation issues were released. The Hennepin County, Minn., Department of Housing, Community Works and Transit conducted an HIA, with support from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, to inform planning decisions on the proposed Bottineau Transitway. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health conducted an HIA to evaluate potential academic, health and economic impacts of subsidizing the cost of student bus passes in the county.

STAR Communities will offer financial assistance to a limited number of communities that demonstrate need and the ability to leverage local philanthropic support for their participation in the Leadership STAR Community Program.

In late 2013, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation announced a Healthy Transportation Policy Directive; this integrates MassDOT goals for health into project development and requires that all transportation projects increase opportunities for walking, bicycling and transit. Read more in the recent FHWA newsletter on livability topics.

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
3-5: National Bike Summit: Washington, D.C. 
27-29: Montana Bike Walk Summit: Billings, Mont.
7: Bike to School Day: Nationwide
14-16: PedsCount! Summit: Sacramento, Calif.
10-13: ITE Annual Meeting: Seattle

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