Friday, February 11, 2011

Overview of Transportation Impacts on Health

Transportation and Public Health: An Overview (19 slide pdf, American Public Health Association Webinar, Jan, 18, 2011)

Also discussed here: CDC Recommendations for Improving Health through Transportation Policy (11 page pdf, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Apr. 28, 2010)

And here: APHA Webinar Series- What Healthy Communities Need from their Transportation Networks

Key Quotes:

“How Does Transportation Affect Health?
  • Physical activity and obesity
  • Air pollution and asthma
  • Motor vehicle crashes and pedestrian injuries
  • Other impacts: Noise, Water quality, Climate change, Mental health, Social capital, Environmental justice
“CDC Recommendations for Improving Health through Transportation Policy
  • Promote active transportation
  • Expand public transportation
  • Encourage healthy community design
  • Reduce injuries associated with motor vehicle crashes
  • Improve air quality
  • Design to minimize adverse health and safety consequences
  • Require research and surveillance
  • Support professional development and job creation”
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