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Transportation and Public Health Newsletter

February 2014
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates:
Thank you for taking the time to check out our monthly newsletter. The recent weeks have been busy on the transportation front. Congress passed the 2014 appropriations bill, which funded the Transportation Alternatives program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Built Environment program, among others. For the federal surface transportation authorization, there are signs that we may see a bill emerge in the next few months. Stay informed by visiting our public health, equity and transportation website at
Thank you,
APHA Highlights
Save the date for the APHA Annual Meeting

2012 Public Health Expo Booth
Join 13,000 of your colleagues at APHA’s 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition. No other meeting allows for greater networking or gives attendees the ability to choose from 1,000 sessions. No other meeting brings together leaders from all aspects of the public health field and puts students and early career professionals on the track to success. This is a meeting you don’t want to miss! The 2014 Annual Meeting will take place Nov. 15-19 in New Orleans. Registration and housing will open on June 3. The Public Health Expo is the place for public health professionals to hear about the newest and best products and services in the field. Space in the hall moves quickly. If you and your organization are interested in becoming an exhibitor, contact Lynn Schoen, 202-777-2479. Learn more about the Annual Meeting at

April 7-13 is National Public Health Week

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.
Resources and News
New resources from APHA and beyond:

APHA, public health partners share active transportation mission with Congress: “APHA really believes in this concept of health in all policies and you make a difference in health, equity and access with transportation policy,” said Susan Polan, PhD, associate executive director at APHA. “With this partnership, we really come together to look at how to create an integrated, holistic approach to transportation policy that will impact health positively — instead of what we currently have, which offers something that impacts health negatively.” If your organization is interested in endorsing this platform, please send your name, organization and contact information to Elissa Southward of Rails to Trails at

Fewer children dying in car crashes: But one in three of the children who died in a car crash in 2011 was not using a seat belt or child safety seat, suggesting many more deaths could be prevented.

The Healthy Community Design Toolkit, a resource and website that provides information and education materials for individuals, local and public health officials, and planners to use in creating healthy communities, was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Get Involved
HIA funding: Call for proposals

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, has announced a call for proposals to fund health impact assessments, or HIAs, and the establishment of sustainable, self-supporting HIA programs to more routinely integrate health into public policy decision-making. The project will support government and tribal agencies and educational and nonprofit organizations under two types of grants. Learn more at

Conference on active living is a few weeks away
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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