Innovative Tools for Promoting Healthy Community Design
Friday, October 19, 2018
2 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. EDT
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Health risk factors are heavily influenced by the attributes of a community’s built and social environment. This presentation will feature the Commonwealth’s and MAPC’s work on data and metrics and VHB’s “Smart Mobility” model that correlates land use, urban design and transportation factors in assessing the built environment’s impact on public health. The model provides a HCD score for an area under study and identifies mobility improvements required to improve the score and health outcomes of the study area. In addition, The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) have been partnering to create new tools and measures to support transportation planning work in the Commonwealth. MDPH is working with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to produce a new bicycle and pedestrian estimation method. The measure is a direct result of the cross-sectoral collaboration of public health and transportation planning techniques. Additionally, MDPH, MassDOT, and UMASS are partnering to calibrate the Integrated Transportation and Health Impact Model (ITHIM) for Massachusetts and develop independent measures to be used by transportation planners.
Ken Schwartz, email@example.com