Tuesdays at APA
Join APA in Washington, D.C., each month for this after-work lecture and discussion series.
- Open to APA members and nonmembers
- Held at APA's Washington, D.C., office: 1030 15th St. NW, Suite 750 West
- Given by practicing planners, researchers, and professionals from allied fields
- Focused on innovative ideas and concepts, or project presentations
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Health and the Built Environment
September 12, 2017 | 5:30 p.m. ET
There are factors beyond the traditional determinants of health (e.g., genetics and health care) that affect our health. Among the non-traditional determinants, planners are particularly interested in the influence of social and physical/built environment on health.
This presentation will discuss the connections between urban planning and public health, and focus on the dynamic relationships between health and its determinants. It explores questions such as: How does access to healthy food and parks affect obesity? Does built environment change behavior enough to influence health?
Quantitative and spatial analytical techniques used to analyze these questions will be discussed. The presentation will also discuss the policy implications of such research, with particular emphasis on social equity. By identifying major determinants of obesity, the findings will provide an evidence base for directing future planning policy decisions and implementation strategies.
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