H1: Architects, Planners and Health Professionals Collaborating to Promote Public Health, Safety, and Welfare

APA Delaware Chapter


Tuesday, October 28, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m. EDT

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The built environment and human impact has increasing influence on how the natural environment and climate actually function. Furthermore, there is a consensus in the health profession that the very health and wellness of the American population has been dramatically degraded by the built environment. This program merges these two concerns and examines how visionary architects, design professionals and planners of today are collaborating with environmental and health professionals as they acknowledge the blurring lines between built and natural environments and accept responsibility to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare. Active transportation, including walking, bicycling and transit, will be central to the discussion of achieving environmental and public health goals. During the session, presenters will: • Review the problems of standard community development patterns and associated urban design of the late 20th century; • Discuss the need to envision and lead communities to a preferred future that mitigates the negative and costly impacts of past design, such as obesity and co-morbidities, climate change, extreme weather and social isolation; • Explain the systemic nature and interrelationship of the factors influencing health and welfare, as well as opportunities posed by a changing consumer market and population demographic; • Demonstrate the critical role of policy and environmental changes in addressing these negative impacts through an interactive presentation of case studies, evidence-based strategies and tools for leading change; and • Identify action steps attendees can take following the conference, and incorporate key strategies and skills needed in areas of daily practice, education and advocacy. Speakers include John Mateyko, RA, Patti Miller, MPP of Nemours Health and Andrea Trabelsi, AICP of Whitman, Requardt Associates.