Online Program

Active Transportation Education, Encouragement and Health Impacts in Columbus, Ohio

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Alex Smith, MCRP, LCI, Columbus Public Health, City of Columbus, Columbus, OH
Columbus Public Health has a focus on active transportation for the Plan4Health grant. We are implementing an active commuter program for local businesses with a particular focus on helping businesses apply for the League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business designation. The City of Columbus is formulating a Multi-Modal Thoroughfare Plan (Connect Columbus) and we are conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on the plan to ensure that health and social equity are taken into consideration when prioritizing transportation corridors for improvements. Columbus Public Health recently completed a Safe Routes to School Large District School Travel Plan for the Columbus City School District and we are implementing the first year of the plan under the Plan4Health grant.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe what an active commuter program entails Discuss the methodology and preliminary findings of city-wide transportation plan health impact assessment Discuss the challenges and advantages of implementing Safe Routes to School programming in a large urban school district

Keyword(s): Transportation, Community Health Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the program manager for the Plan4Health grant at Columbus Public Health and previously coordinated a Large District School Travel Plan and an HIA on the travel plan. I have a Masters in City and Regional Planning focusing on non- motorized transportation and GIS. I have worked in active transportation advocacy previous to my position at Columbus Public Health. I recently co-founded a neighborhood advocacy group establishing a bicycle boulevard system in Clintonville, Ohio.
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.