189417 Collaborative research & practice for healthy & equitable urban development

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 9:00 AM

Jason Corburn, PhD , Dept of City and Regional Planning, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
City planning practices shape the physical and social qualities in places that often drive environmental health inequities. However, very few city planners understand the social determinants of health inequities, how environmental injustices in places might ‘get under our skin' to influence well being and new models for healthy and just urban development. This session will describe a teaching, research and action collaborative between urban planning students and an environmental and food justice organization in West Oakland, California, called People's Grocery. We will highlight how the collaborative used insights from participatory science and environmental health policy making to inform the design and programming for a new, community-owned retail grocery store. During the project, the team sought to merge issues of land use development, job creation, pollution exposures, transit access, violence and clinical/social services with food access and affordability. The collaboration also fed-back into the classroom to shape a new course focusing on how city planning and public health can explore and act on address place-based health inequities. We explore how collaboration among researchers, students and community members can merge city planning, environmental justice and health inequities/social determinants of health work and move these fields from an orientation of largely describing and analyzing problems to generating new, urban development solutions that promote environmental health justice.

Learning Objectives:
1. Highlight the barriers for healthy and just urban planning 2. Explore how collaborative process can extend the science and policy behind healthy and just urban planning 3. Suggest ways that teaching, research and action around environmental health disparities can be integrated into the classroom.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an urban planner and perform collaborative research to obtain environmental justice and more equitable urban planning and development to improve quality of life and public health outcomes.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.