Online Program

Transportation Health Tool: A new tool to inform policy decisions and promote Health in All Policies

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Ed Christopher, Resource Center, Federal Highway Administration, Matteson, IL
Brigette Ulin, MPH, Office of the Associate Director for Policy, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Everyone benefits from using roadways, streets, sidewalks, trails and public transit for everyday needs, whether for traveling to and from work, school and play or accessing basic necessities, such as health services and grocery stores. At the same time, too many people are negatively impacted by our transportation systems, from increased air pollution to a lack of safe places to walk, bike and engage in physical activity without unnecessary risk. For a long time, public health impacts and benefits were too often overlooked in transportation policy, program and funding decisions. That has begun to change. Many state officials and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) have begun including public health goals and health criteria in transportation planning and policies as well as within the transportation project selection process. And the public health community has begun to partner with the transportation sector to integrate health considerations in transportation work.

In support of Health in All Policies and the National Prevention Strategy, in 2012 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) partnered with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to create a simple-to-use transportation and health tool (THT). THT helps public health and transportation decision-makers analyze the intersection of health and transportation in their community, and invest in efforts that will have a lasting impact on health. THT gives users a picture of how their community compares to others in terms of key health and transportation indicators. It also informs health-supportive state and regional transportation policies and project decisions, while strengthening collaborations between transportation and public health sectors. For this session the tool, which was just released, will be discussed and demonstrated.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Describe what the Transportation Health Tool is and how to apply health and transportation indicators to local decisions. Identify how their areas compare to others on the various health and transportation indicators. Compare and assess an area’s performance on several health and transportation indicators.

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a member of the federal team overseeing the development of the tool
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.

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