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Transportation and Public Health Newsletter

April 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

Safe RoutesJoin our new policy platform: Safe Routes to Everywhere
 
Trails, walking and biking help to advance many societal goals such as mobility, economic development, health, livable communities and equity. Now there is a national voice for trails, walking and biking - or active transportation - that reflects this diversity of affected interests. The Partnership for Active Transportation is a national network of nonprofit, for-profit and public-sector entities working together to build healthy places for healthy people by advancing active transportation networks. 
 
We invite you to join us. Sign on your organization to endorse Safe Routes to Everywhere, the federal policy platform from the Partnership for Active Transportation. The partnership has launched a campaign to drive changes in federal policy that encourage investments in active transportation as critical elements of our nation’s transportation system.
 
The lead organizations responsible for developing the platform were Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, APHA, LOCUS (a division of Smart Growth America representing real estate developers), the American Academy of Pediatrics and America Walks. The partnership is using its unique, cross-sector reach to urge officials to create a transportation network that serves all Americans by leveraging private investment and factoring health impacts into transportation decision-making.
 
National Public Health Week a huge success
 
National Public Health Week 2014For almost 20 years, APHA has served as the lead organizer of National Public Health Week. Every day, APHA works to strengthen the profession of public health; foster understanding, engagement and support for key public health issues; and directly influence public policy to improve global health. APHA champions the health of all people and all communities.
 
APHA and its supporters had another terrific year celebrating NPHW across the nation. Look for details and for NPHW stories and photos in next month's edition of The Nation's Health. This year, we were especially honored to receive recognition for NPHW from President Barack Obama.
 
As a part of NPHW, APHA also hosted a Google+ Hangout On Air about active transportation’s role in helping the United States become the healthiest nation in one generation. Making active transportation a realistic, affordable and convenient option for all transportation users would help reduce health impacts and also promote physical activity, recreation and environmental preservation. This Google+ Hangout On Air, which will be archived on APHA's YouTube page at a later date, featured an exceptional panel of public health professionals, leaders and advocates who shared their unique perspectives on active transportation. Learn more about the event online.

Resources and News
New resources from APHA and beyond:
 
The American Journal of Public Health published an online-only, open-access supplement issue featuring articles in Spanish and English. The articles, produced in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization, represent the first supplement in an annual series of publications. The goal is to pinpoint priority articles for translation and expand access to current public health research. View the supplement in its entirety online.
  
Residential traffic exposure and childhood leukemia: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Boothe VL, Boehmer TK, Wendel AM, Yip FY. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2014; 46(4):413-422.
 
  
The new ChoiceMaps tool from Walk Score shows the number of neighborhood amenities within five-, 10- or 20-minute walks of a location. In addition to parks and grocery stores, it shows the number of schools, transit stops, bike-share stations and car-share locations within walking distance. 
 
The session recordings from the 2014 Department of Transportation Civil Rights Virtual Symposium are now available. Visit the Departmental Office of Civil Rights website for the recordings.
 
The Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, part of the Institute of Medicine’s Board on Population, has released a workshop summary of a 2013 meeting about improving the conditions for health in the course of achieving other societal objectives (e.g., efficient public transit). Access "Applying a Health Lens to Decision Making in Non-Health Sectors: Workshop Summary" online.
  
  
Get Involved
New 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report
 
Safety is No AccidentTomorrow is the launch of the 2014 Alliance for Biking and Walking's Benchmarking Report, a massive report filled with data and research on walking and bicycling in all 50 states, 52 of the most populous cities and 17 midsized cities. The alliance produces the Benchmarking Report every two years in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative. The goal is to comprehensively examine bicycling and walking transportation and how these trends relate to public health, safety, and social and economic well-being. Benchmarking is a particularly helpful approach to active transportation issues because it allows comparison among states and cities while also measuring national trends. The report looks not only at bicycling and walking levels, but a suite of related trends, such as crash fatalities, weekly physical activity, transportation costs, air quality and economic growth. To learn more, visit http://peoplepoweredmovement.org/benchmarking.
 
Health impact assessment training event in July
 
Registration is now open for the San Francisco Department of Public Health's annual Health Impact Assessment Practitioners' Training from July 14-17. Learn more and register online. The training will be held in Oakland, Calif. Organizers of the training event strongly encourage applications from community-based organizations that are actively planning, considering or conducting health impact assessments.
 
National Bike to School day is coming soon
 
The third annual National Bike to School day is May 7, 2014. The national event is part of an effort to create safe routes for students to bicycle to school and to encourage more children and families to turn to pedal power as a healthy way to commute to school. More than 1,700 schools across the country participated in 2013. Learn how to host a Bike to School Day event or register your school’s event at http://www.walkbiketoschool.org
Walk for health nph 2013
 
Survey seeks to build better picture of efforts to increase walking
 
EveryBody! Walk Collaborative Partners and America Walks are surveying walking advocates and enthusiasts to get a better understanding of what efforts are being made across the country to promote and encourage walking. Access the survey at http://americawalks.org/help-us-identify-walking-efforts-in-the-us/.
 
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
April
May
7: Bike to School Day: Nationwide
14-16: PedsCount! Summit: Sacramento, Calif.
July
August
September
November
 


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