Innovative Tools for Promoting Healthy Community Design

APA Connecticut Chapter


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. 





Barry Keppard

Invited Speaker

Barry Keppard is the Director of the Public Health Department at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) where he supervises and provides technical assistance on MAPC's Health in All Policies and healthy community design projects. Barry also helps lead the department’s health impact assessment (HIA) practice which explores ... Read More

Ken Schwartz

Invited Speaker

Ken Schwartz is a Senior Vice President and Practice Leader for Planning at VHB. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s National Healthy Corridors Working Group that is developing replicable typologies for creating healthy transportation corridors. He leads the firm’s healthy community design initiative that is ... Read More

Halley Reeves

Invited Speaker

Halley Reeves is a community health planner at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health with a background in both public health and city planning. She concentrates on ‘Health in All Policies’ work specifically tied to community health planning in health care policy, the infusion of health considerations into the built-environment ... Read More

Krystal Pollitt

Invited Speaker

Krystal Pollitt is an assistant professor in the Environmental Health Sciences Department at UMASS Amherst. Her research focuses on understanding the role of transportation-related environmental exposures in the development of chronic disease. She uses various analytical techniques and modelling approaches to characterize exposures at both the personal and community levels. Read More

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