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Seattle Healthy Places Research Group

The NWCPHP held the inaugural meeting of the Seattle Healthy Places Research Group (HPRG) on the University of Washington Seattle campus on Thursday, December 3rd from 3:30pm-5:00pm.

December 4, 2009

The NWCPHP held the inaugural meeting of the Seattle Healthy Places Research Group (HPRG) on the University of Washington Seattle campus on Thursday, December 3rd from 3:30pm-5:00pm.

Approximately 30 people were present, including public health faculty, urban planning faculty, researchers, students, practitioners, traffic researchers, consultants, and others interested in exploring the relationship between the built environment and the health of communities. The design of the built environment, including land use and transportation decisions, affects health in many ways (physical activity, air quality, motor vehicle and pedestrian injuries, social capital, mental health, environmental justice, etc.) These issues are described in detail at www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces.

This forum is modeled after a similar forum that has been held in Atlanta monthly for the past 5 years (see https://cqgrd.gatech.edu/healthy-places-research-group). The meeting began with a brief presentation about the relationship between public health and the built environment by Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH, Team Lead of the Healthy Community Design Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dr. Dannenberg then asked attendees to introduce themselves and their interests in this field. The rest of the session was a discussion about opportunities for projects and the interest of participating in an ongoing monthly forum that would include invited speakers, current research, and opportunities for further involvement related to healthy community design.

Participants were overwhelmingly interested in beginning a monthly forum to increase awareness, education, and build cross-discipline relationships. We will post more information about upcoming forums as soon as the information is available.

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