242769 Branding Transportation as Public Health

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:10 AM

Karyn Warsow, MS, MPH, DrPH Student , Parsons Transportation Group, Parsons Corporation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Stephen Mayer, PhD, PE , Parsons Transportation Group, Parsons Corporation and Niagara University, Niagara University, NY
Tony DeLucia, PhD , James H. Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Neil Gray , International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), Washington DC, DC
Robert Felt , Transportation Safety/Media, Michigan Department of Transportation, Gaylord, MI
Priti Irani, MS , New York State Assessment Initiative, Public Health Information Group, New York State Dept of Health, Albany, NY
Ijeoma Nwachuku, PhD, MPH , Community Outreach, Methodist Hospital of Southern California, Arcadia, CA
The Community Health Planning and Policy Development (CHPPD) Transportation Work Group is in the process of developing and implementing a grassroots network composed of key transportation leaders and agencies at national, state and local levels. Its core membership largely comprises a diverse group of section members, complemented by policy leaders from other sections, transportation professionals, urban and regional planners. This network will advocate collectively to Brand transportation as public health in an effort to increase awareness within the respective professional and service communities. The goal is to develop relationships amongst state agencies, advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, and private sector concerns to strategically position APHA's organizational credibility on transportation issue referendums. The emphasis will be on the implementation of practical solutions, effective partnerships, capacity building, sustainable change/growth, and alternative funding options that improve sociopolitical, environmental, and economic impacts within communities. Cultivating a thorough understanding of the built environment as it relates to the health and safety of communities will help to ensure the appropriate design, allocation and utilization of resources in an integrated, equitable, and sustainable manner for the future of America's transportation needs. The CHPPD Transportation Work Group will discuss the successes and challenges of this grass roots initiative.

Learning Areas:
Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
explain the development of a transportation network to inform professionals involved in transportation projects and/or services that transportation is in fact public health.

Keywords: Advocacy, Communication

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a transportation professional, Team Leader of the CHPPD Transportation WOrk Group and the lead author of the abstract.
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.