Online Program

Persistant Limitations of the Built Environment on Obesity Prevalence in Minority Youth and their Families in Connecticut: Implications for Social Justice and Policy Solutions

Monday, November 2, 2015

Raja Staggers-Hakim, Ph.D., MPH, Health Science and Leadership, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
Over the last several years, health science and public health researchers have explored the impact of the built environment on population health outcomes. Despite evidence of unequal environmental exposures and specifically differential access to built environmental structures, including the amount and quality of greenspaces, sidewalks, and grocery stores, on life quality and expectancy; changes to the built environments where minorities predominantly reside has remained slow. Failure to equalize built environments continues to contribute to persistent health inequities among minorities overall and to African Americans and Latino children in particular. Using data from the County Health Rankings, this study will compare indicators of the built environment across Hartford, New Haven, and Fairfield Counties by race/ethnicity and income to document persistent obesity-related health inequities linked to the built environment. Research will lend further evidence of continual neglect and social injustice with regard to unequal built environments. A Health in All Policies Approach (HiAP) will be employed to draw implications for policy change and proven national policy solutions will be described.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the impact of the built environment on persistent obesity rates among minority children and families Compare the built environments and population health status across income and race/ethnicity Explain how differential access to essential resources for good health are inconsistent with equity and social justice Identify examples of health equity policy solutions that have led to improved population health status including reduced rates of obesity among children and families

Keyword(s): Built Environment, Minority Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted research on health inequities and obesity, specifically, in minority communities for the last five years. I have also authored articles on the topics of obesity and environmental justice.
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.