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Transportation and Public Health Newsletter

March 2014
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Greetings, public health leaders and advocates:
 
Thank you for taking the time to check out our monthly newsletter. Remember to visit our public health, equity and transportation website at http://www.apha.org/transportation for various reports, fact sheets, free archived webinars and other items of interest.
 
Thank you,
 
APHA Highlights
National Public Health Week 2014
National Public Health Week resources and daily themes

National Public Health Week 2014 is right around the corner! Join us as we celebrate the evolving public health system and the importance of public health from April 7-13 with the theme “Public Health: Start Here.” The NPHW website has many resources available to help you get involved in NPHW. Make sure to take a look at the toolkit, which includes fact sheets, media outreach materials, suggested community events, legislative information, resources and activities. Recordings of the partner meetings are also available on the Books and Resources page. We encourage you to use these resources to become a partner and submit your events to the NPHW calendar! Also, be sure to join APHA in our fourth annual NPHW Twitter Chat! The Twitter Chat will be held on Wednesday, April 9, from 2-3 p.m. EST. RSVP by joining our Twitvite and use the hashtag #NPHWchat to join the conversation.

Annual Meeting abstract status update

More than 9,000 abstracts covering a multitude of public health topics were submitted for consideration to APHA by the February submission deadline. APHA's Sections, Special Primary Interest Groups, Caucuses and Forums are reviewing all abstracts to determine which will be chosen for presentation at the Annual Meeting. APHA will send email notifications to all abstract submitters beginning June 3 informing them about whether abstracts were accepted or declined. Submitters who do not receive an email can check the status of their abstract online with their assigned abstract number and pass code. This link will be available beginning June 3 on the APHA Annual Meeting Web page at http://www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting/. All APHA Annual Meeting presenters must be individual members of APHA and must register for the meeting.

Resources and News
New resources from APHA and beyond:

 

Regarding Driving After Drug and Alcohol Use Among US High School Seniors. Abenaa Acheampong, Chukwuemeka Okafor, Joy D. Scheidell. American Journal of Public Health: April 2014, Vol. 104, No. 4: e7–e7 (may require log-in). AJPH March 2014
 
Relation Between Higher Physical Activity and Public Transit Use. Brian E. Saelens, Anne Vernez Moudon, Bumjoon Kang, Philip M. Hurvitz, and Chuan Zhou.  American Journal of Public Health. e-View Ahead of Print. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301696. 
 
Developing Built Environment Programs in Local Health Departments: Lessons Learned From a Nationwide Mentoring Program. Kate Rube, Maggie Veatch, Katy Huang, Rachel Sacks, Megan Lent, Gail P. Goldstein, Karen K. Lee. American Journal of Public Health: Posted online on 13 Mar 2014.  
 
Access to Supermarkets and Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Anju Aggarwal, Andrea J. Cook, Junfeng Jiao, Rebecca A. Seguin, Anne Vernez Moudon, Philip M. Hurvitz, and Adam Drewnowski. American Journal of Public Health. e-View Ahead of Print. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2013.301763. 
 
Multistate evaluation of Safe Routes to School programs. Stewart O, Moudon AV, and Claybrooke C. American Journal of Health Promotion 2014; 56 (sp3): S89−S96.
 
The societal health benefits from cycling outweigh negative impacts by up to a factor of 20, according to the International Transport Forum’s latest report. The report, "Cycling, Health and Safety," shows that the way to gain the benefits from cycling is by creating a safe system through government policy and city action.
   
The Mariposa Healthy Living Initiative Toolkit provides a framework that practitioners can use to integrate health into the design, development, and construction of projects.
 
  
New York City released its Vision Zero Action Plan, laying out a comprehensive roadmap to drastically reduce traffic-related deaths on New York City streets. An interagency task force has spent the past month developing new strategies to make streets safer, ranging from lowering the citywide speed limit to increasing enforcement against speeding and failure to yield to pedestrians.
 
A review was conducted of 81 Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) from the U.S. to obtain a clear picture of how HIAs are being implemented nationally and to identify potential areas for improving the HIA community of practice. The review was focused on HIAs from four sectors that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program has identified as target areas for empowering communities to move toward more sustainable states; two of the sectors are transportation and land use. 
  
Get Involved
Free webinar on community speed reduction strategies
 
A webinar on April 2 from 1-2 p.m. EDT is intended for public health and transportation professionals seeking to learn more about reducing motor vehicle speed. The presentation will include an overview of the public health impact of community speed reduction and highlight key recommendations. Speakers will describe local and state approaches to reducing vehicle speeds in communities and the role of state-level policy in promoting safer speeds. Registration is available online.  
 
Transportation stoplight photoFree conference call on collaborating with health stakeholders; sneak preview of the 2014 Benchmarking Report
 
Bicycling, walking and public health all go together. This call on March 26 from 2-3 p.m. EDT with the Alliance for Biking and Walking will share how advocates and agency staff have communicated, collaborated and partnered with health stakeholders to increase their communities' physical activity and wellness. Also, every other year, the Alliance releases Biking & Walking in the United States: Benchmarking Report, a compendium of active transportation data and research. The Alliance's report combines many disparate data sources into a single accessible book, making it an essential resource for advocates, decision makers, and reporters. The 2014 Benchmarking Report will be released on April 16, but you can get an early preview. To get a sneak peek of the 2014 Benchmarking Report, join a webinar on April 9. Registration is available online
 
Broad Agency Announcement for transportation and health research 
 
Those who are interested in commenting on potential U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration research topics may submit a proposal in response to this announcement via FedBizOps by April 23. Transportation and health is one of the subtopics.  
  
Upcoming Events in 2014
March
27-29: Montana Bike Walk Summit: Billings, Mont.
April
May
7: Bike to School Day: Nationwide
14-16: PedsCount! Summit: Sacramento, Calif.
July
August
10-13: ITE Annual Meeting: Seattle
September
November
 


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