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Healthy Planning Down Under: Join the Discussion on May 30

On May 30, Susan Thompson will give a talk about how her Healthy Built Environments program seeks to revitalize the relationship between the built environment and health sectors.

On May 30, Susan Thompson will give a talk about how her Healthy Built Environments program seeks to revitalize the relationship between the built environment and health sectors.

May 7, 2012

In Australia, citizens suffer many of the lifestyle diseases that are reaching epidemic levels in the United States—obesity and diabetes, among others. Research has shown links between these epidemics and the design of cities, so Australian health professionals are working to influence urban planning in a five-year, $1.5 million initiative, the Healthy Built Environments Program, funded by the New South Wales Department of Health.

On Wednesday May 30, Susan Thompson, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and Director of the program, will talk about how the program seeks to revitalize the relationship between the built environment and health sectors through policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research, education and workforce development, leadership, and advocacy. She will touch on their current activities, interdisciplinary work, and the challenges posed by working across disciplines.

Susan Thompson from University of New South Wales, Australia, discusses how changing the built environment can make populations healthier.

Healthy Planning Down Under

When:
May 30, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Where:
Gould Hall, Rm 440
University of Washington, Seattle

Presenter:
Susan Thompson, Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales, Australia, has nearly 35 years of experience as an urban planning practitioner, teacher, and researcher. She is Director of the Healthy Built Environments Program, City Futures Research Centre, and Faculty of the Built Environment at University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Over the years, Susan has received various awards for her contributions to planning scholarship. Her prize-winning edited text, Planning Australia, published by Cambridge University Press, is now in its second edition.

About Healthy Places Research Group:
The Healthy Places Research Group is co-sponsored by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice and the Department of Urban Design and Planning. To receive announcements about similar forums, trainings, and learning opportunities, please e-mail NWCPHP.

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