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Incorporating Health Impact Assessment into Community Design and Transportation Decisions

February 23, 2010. In this one-hour Hot Topics webinar, we talk about how health impact assessment can help health issues to be considered in decisions about community design.

Quick Facts

Topics: Chronic Disease, Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Law and Policy & Ethics, Violence and Injury Prevention

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

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Description

The design of the built environment, including land use and transportation decisions, affects health in many ways. It ranges from impacts on physical activity, air quality, motor vehicle and pedestrian injuries, to social capital, mental health, and environmental justice. In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, Andy Dannenberg, MD, MPH, talks about how health impact assessment can improve communication between public health professionals and urban planners, transportation planners, and other decision makers so that health issues are more likely to be considered in decisions about community design.

Air date: February 23, 2010

Learning Objectives

  • Define the term health impact assessment (HIA)
  • Describe examples of HIAs conducted in the United States
  • Recognize opportunities where HIA could be used to promote health in community design and transportation planning decisions
  • Define the policy challenges and opportunities associated with these changes

Intended Audience

Local and state public health practitioners; Public health nurses; Local and state emergency management staff; Local decision makers including boards of health, city/county councils, zoning boards; Public health students

Slides

Quick Facts

Topics: Chronic Disease, Emergency Preparedness & Disasters, Law and Policy & Ethics, Violence and Injury Prevention

Format: Webinar

Time: 1 hour

Cost: Free

Presenter

Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is Team Lead of the Healthy Community Design Initiative in CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, where he oversees activities related to examining the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, and other issues related to the built environment. His current research includes a focus on the use of health impact assessments. He holds faculty appointments at Emory University and at the University of Washington School of Public Health and College of the Built Environments. Previously, Dr. Dannenberg was director of CDC's division for public health training programs, served as Preventive Medicine Residency director and as an injury prevention epidemiologist while on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, and worked as a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Dannenberg received an MD from Stanford University and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.

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