142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Establishing Safe Routes to School Policies in Diverse Rural Settings

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 11:10 AM - 11:30 AM

Lisa Cirill, MS, PAPHS , California Department of Public Health, California Active Communities, Sacramento, CA
This presentation will showcase the successful Safe Routes to School (SRTS) policy efforts of 12 rural California counties participating in CA4Health, a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  CA4Health has provided a unique opportunity for local public health departments to establish SRTS practices and policies in small rural and underserved communities across the state.  The presenter will share strategies, challenges and lessons learned on SRTS policy adoption and implementation at the school, school district, city, county and regional levels.  Highlighting the value of multi-disciplinary partnerships through coalition building, the session will demonstrate how these rural counties have been able to institute sustainable SRTS policies to support active transportation.  Policies will address incorporating SRTS-related language in school parent handbooks and school wellness policies, lowering speed limits in school zones, establishing county-wide school crossing guard programs, developing community college pedestrian and bicycle plans, crafting county SRTS plans and working with regional agencies to ensure SRTS-related elements are included in general plans, pedestrain, bicycle and/or trail specific plans, mobility plans and complete streets ordinances.

CA4Health is a state-wide CTG project administered by the Public Health Institute in partnership with the California Department of Public Health.  CA4Health works with the counties in California whose population is less than 500,000 to implement local changes that will create healthier community environments.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify successful Safe Routes to School practices and policies that serve as models for implementation in rural communities. Describe Safe Routes to School related policies for sustained environmental and societal norm change in a variety of jurisdictions and settings. Name Safe Routes to School resources and customizable tools for use in community settings.

Keyword(s): Physical Activity, Community Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a co-principal for three Federal Highway Adminstration grants. I assisted my Department in securing five CDC grants and provided guidance for the physical activity/active transportation component of each grant. I am the CDC State Physical Activity Lead and a Past President of the National Physical Activity Society. Additionally, I established California's Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Technical Assistance Resource Center and continue to oversee SRTS non-infrastructure program efforts throughout California.
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.