Online Program

Using Health Impact Assessments to Enhance Transportation Policy: Grounding McGrath

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Suzanne K. Condon, MS, Bureau of Environmental Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
In response to the Massachusetts groundbreaking transportation reform law requiring the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in transportation planning, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health completed the first officially mandated HIA. This HIA focused on de-elevation of the McGrath Highway in Somerville, Massachusetts and included assessments of air quality, noise, mobility/connectivity, public safety and land use. The HIA served as a unique complement to the transportation planning project and serves as a model for cross-sector collaboration.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain the HIA mandates associated with the Massachusetts transportation reform law. Describe the Grounding McGrath HIA and recommendations.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal or co-principal of multiple federally funded grants focusing on assessing health impacts associated with environmental exposures. I have presented at numerous National and State meetings on the value and use of HIAs in various government sectors.
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.