221421 CDC's recommendations for improving public health through transportation policy

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 9:09 AM - 9:26 AM

Jamie Rayman, MPH , National Center for Environmental Health / Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, US Centers for Disease Control and Preventon, Atlanta, GA
Kenneth Rose, MPA , National Center for Environmental Health / Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, CDC, Atlanta, GA
Each year in the U.S. approximately 35,000 deaths are caused by motor vehicle crashes. Automobile-generated air pollution contributes to adverse respiratory and cardiovascular health effects. More time spent in cars and less time in active transportation has been shown to contribute to overweight which may be a precursor to other chronic health conditions. Finally, a lack of efficient alternatives to car- travel disproportionately affects vulnerable populations by limiting access to jobs, health care, social interaction, and healthy foods. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) endorses the concept that transportation policies have profound public health implications. CDC supports strategies that address the connection between transportation and public health and that emphasize public health and safety in the U.S. transportation system. In 2010, CDC will release the document “Recommendations for Improving Public Health through Transportation Policy”. In the document, CDC recommends that transportation policy provide a balanced portfolio of transportation choices that supports health and reduces health care costs. Transportation policy should also: reduce injuries associated with transportation; encourage healthy community design; promote opportunities for physical activity; reduce exposure to air pollution and mitigate climate change; and ensure that all people have access to safe, healthy, convenient, and affordable transportation. This session will orient state and local public health practitioners and administrators to the CDC recommendations, and suggest access points through which such audiences may seek to improve public health through interactions with transportation and planning officials, and by working to see that health concerns are included in transportation policy.

Learning Areas:
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List 3 public health impacts of transportation. Discuss 3 transportation policy actions which can improve public health. Identify 2 access points through which the public health community may help inform transportation policy.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract Author on the content I am responsible for because I contributed to the development of the document "CDC Recommendations for Improving Public Health through Transportation Policy" as part of an internal CDC working group.
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.