213285 Strategies to address health disparities, and healthy communities and lifestyles through built environment improvements

Monday, November 9, 2009: 11:30 AM

Daniel Hutch, MA , Office of Policy, Economics, and Innovation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Karen Bouye, PhD, MPH, MS , Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
This paper was prepared by the Federal Collaborative on Health Disparities Research (FCHDR) - Built Environment Workgroup to address research needs and gaps to eliminate built environment disparities in disadvantaged and vulnerable communities. It covers disproportionate environmental and community hazards, individual and cumulative risks, social welfare, poverty, and associated built environment disparities including access to healthy foods, poor housing, contaminants, disproportionate exposure risks, and pre-existing conditions. It links sustainable land use (including smart growth) equitable reinvestment, green building and transportation accommodations to healthier, more active lifestyles. The paper also addresses how FCHDR can help mobilize and catalyze urban planners, health practitioners, builders, federal partners, and interest groups to develop tools, practices, and policies to reduce health disparities.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Institutes for Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Learning Objectives:
Describe the linkage between health disparities and efforts to improve metropolitan planning and investments in disadvantaged communities. Demonstrate strategies needed to foster cleaner, livable, and less auto-dependent communities.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as one of the US EPA representatives on the Federal Collaborative for Health disparities Research where I serve as the chair of the Built Environment Subject matter expert working group where we have completed a draft article for the AJPH on health disparities and the built environment.
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.