205705 Making places safer through land use planning and community based anti-violence programs

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:45 PM

Robert S. Ogilvie, PhD , Planning for Healthy Places, Public Health Law & Policy, Public Health Institute, Oakland, CA
In too many American neighborhoods it is hazardous and dangerous to be physically active. Residential streets are built for cars and trucks to travel at high speeds, sidewalks are few and far between, and crosswalks and bike lanes are either non-existent or are ignored. Parks, where they exist, are too often ill maintained, poorly supervised and places where illegal activities proliferate. In such environments adults and children are likely to decide to stay at home or go about their daily business in their cars, rather than put themselves at risk.

Fortunately many in the public health field have recognized the impact that such environments have on chronic disease rates and a movement has begun in the intersection between the public health, land use planning, redevelopment, and urban design places to change public policies to create environmental standards and practices to ensure that American neighborhoods are built in ways that make it safer for residents of those places to engage in physical activity. In this presentation I will highlight the ways in which land use planning, safe design techniques, and community based anti-violence partnerships can be used to create safer neighborhoods in which residents are more likely to be physically active and chronic disease rates are more likely to decline.

Learning Objectives:
* State and local public health practitioners will be able to use the information provided to engage with local land use planners to advocate for environmental change policies and strategies to improve built environments. * Participants will be able to describe the most current approaches to environmental change for chronic disease rate reduction and neighborhood safety.

Keywords: Public Health Policy, Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: PhD. Political Science, Columbia University Faculty Member, Department of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, 1997-2006
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.