Dear Friends of the TRB Health and Transportation Subcommittee,
I am pleased to let you know that the notes from last week's Subcommittee
2013 Summer Meeting, as well as PDFs of the presentations given, are now
available on our website at the following link:
Wishing everyone a great rest of the summer!
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Megan L. Wier, MPH
Epidemiologist and Lead - Health, Transportation and Equity
Environmental Health Protection, Equity and Sustainability
Population Health Division
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The Health Initiative of the Americas, UC Berkeley School of Public Health,
in partnership with key collaborative agencies, invites you to participate
in the* XIV Binational Promotores Conference.*
August 5 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The California Endowment
1111 Broadway, 7th floor
Oakland, CA 94607
The objective is to link the work of Promotores in the U.S. with those in
Mexico to improve the health and well-being of underserved populations.
Themes that will be addressed:
- Role of Promotores in the Health Care Reform (ACA)
- Best Practices and Lessons Learned from Promotores in Mexico
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Promotores Core Competencies
This conference will be in Spanish.
Registration must be received by July 30, 2013. Space is limited.
Registration: $20 voluntary donation to cover event costs
Registration info: Checks should be made out to UC Regents and mailed to:
1950 Addison St., Ste. 203
Berkeley, CA 94704
You may also pay at the door. Register by July 30 by emailing
Refreshments: Lunch will be provided
Event Contact: bianka.aguilar(a)berkeley.edu
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Executive Director, Marketing and Communications
UC Berkeley School of Public Health
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Berkeley, CA 94720-7360
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A colleague passed me this article. It does a nice job of making the connection--in one page.
Driving better health through transportation
In the world of transportation, the focus is most often on creating mobility and accessibility. But according to Minnesota Department of Health Commissioner Edward Ehlinger, transportation also plays a major role in creating health. Delivering the keynote address at the 24th Annual CTS Transportation Research Conference, Ehlinger told the crowd, “Transportation is around us every day and influences everything we do, which makes it integral to creating the conditions for great health.”
This study may be of interest to you and your networks: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/uog-cpi072413.php
Cognitive performance of adolescent girls who walk to school is better than that of girls who travel by bus or car. Moreover, cognitive performance is also better in girls who take more than 15 minutes than in those who live closer and have a shorter walk to school.
The authors analyzed a sample of 1700 boys and girls aged between 13 and 18 years (808 boys and 892 girls) in five Spanish cities (Granada, Madrid, Murcia, Santander and Zaragoza). Cognitive performance was measured by applying the Spanish version of an educational ability test. Participants completed this standardized test that measures intelligence and the individual's basic ability for learning. The test assesses command of language, speed in performing mathematical operations, and reasoning.
In adolescence, the plasticity of the brain is greatest. The researchers affirm that, during adolescence, "the plasticity of the brain is greater than at any other time of life, which makes it the opportune period to stimulate cognitive function". However, paradoxically, adolescence is the time of life that sees the greatest decline in physical activity, and this is greater in girls. Therefore, the authors of the study think that "inactive adolescents could be missing out on a very important stimulus to improve their learning and cognitive performance".
Eloisa Raynault | American Public Health Association | 800 I Street NW, Washington DC 20001 | Transportation, Health and Equity Program Manager | o: 202-777-2487 | http://apha.org/transportation
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This may be of interest to some on this list. If you read the proposal there is direct interest in Heath outcomes. The overall objective of this study is to better understand the outcomes of actions funded under the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) since the enactment of Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU, Public Law 109-59). Information on this cooperative agreement opportunity (DTFH61-13-RA-00018) is available atwww.grants.gov.
Here is the direct link to information. If it is broken over several lines you may have to cit and past it.
*Apologies for the cross-posting. Please see below.*
*CALL FOR POSTERS*
*Travel Characteristics Past, Present, and Future –*
*Communicating Information Derived from the National Household Travel Survey
Task Force on *Understanding New Directions for the National Household
Travel Survey* (ABJ45T)****
The Task Force will host a poster session at the 2014 Annual Meeting
featuring tools and strategies used to communicate National Household
Travel Survey (NHTS) data to various user groups. Of particular interest to
the Task Force are innovative means of communicating information derived
from the NHTS that convey the utility and value of these data. Featured
posters will be highlighted in Task Force findings to FHWA as effective
examples of conveying the value derived from this long-running and
comprehensive data set. A special submittal deadline for this call has been
established. Abstracts are due no later than *Wednesday, September 4th*.
Following are details on this call and the associated submission process. **
Since 1969, the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) has surveyed
Americans on their travel behaviors and patterns, generating an
unparalleled compilation of longitudinal travel characteristics for the
nation. The legacy of this national data collection and dissemination
effort has resulted in a wide variety of applications for a diverse array
of users. NHTS users mine this data to inform decision makers, educate the
public, support research, and enhance model development. It serves as a
unique platform for analyzing past, present, and future travel trends and
provides essential input for many different processes.****
The Task Force on *Understanding New Directions for the National Household
Travel Survey *(ABJ45T) is charged with understanding ways in which the
data are used and can be improved, and evaluating impacts of potential
changes in survey methodology on different user groups. During its
investigations the Task Force realized the challenge of communicating the
value of NHTS data and ways in which it can be successfully used to support
a myriad of uses including transportation planning and analysis,
demographic research, public and policy maker education, trend analysis,
and public health policy, to name but a few.****
The Task Force decided to identify and showcase at the 2014 Annual Meeting
a select few examples that demonstrate creative ways of communicating the
value of this important data set. Recognizing the role of visual media in
today’s communications, the Task Force is soliciting posters or other
graphic means of visualization and communication that convey the utility
and value of the NHTS and the data it yields. In keeping with the theme of
the 2014 meeting – Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future – the
Task Force is interested in illustrating the diversity of uses and
applications supported by the NHTS and the longitudinal value of this
long-running survey in developing this poster session.****
*Poster Session Guidelines*
Those selected for this session will prepare a poster for presentation at
the 2014 Annual Meeting in January. *Participants are not required to
prepare a paper to be eligible*. Each presenter will be provided with a
table and a 4’ x 8’ vertical panel for displaying posters and other
materials. An electrical connection will be available at each station.
Telephone and internet connections will not be available. TRB's guidelines
for poster presenters are available at
. Presenters are expected to attend and participate in this session.
Presentation teams are welcome. The Task Force is working to create an
innovative poster / discussion format, details of which will be finalized
during the session planning process. It is anticipated that this will be a
dynamic and highly interactive session.****
A special deadline for abstract submittals has been established. Interested
candidates should submit an abstract explaining their project and poster
concept by 11:59 pm PDT on *Wednesday, September 4, 2013*. The abstract
should be no more than a single one-sided page in length (approximately 500
words) and include:****
**· **Contact information (name, agency/organization, phone number,
**· **Title of your proposed poster for use in the Annual Meeting
**· **Explanation of the project, research or process using NHTS data
and how the data were used;****
**· **Ways in which visualization or other graphic communication tools
were deployed and the role this played in the project, research or process;*
**· **Any innovative discoveries or lessons learned about
communicating NHTS data that can be useful to FHWA and other users; and****
**· **Preliminary description of the information to be conveyed in
You are welcome to include links to on-line materials that illustrate
visualization or graphic communication concepts described in your abstract
but this will not substitute for the information requested in the abstract.*
The Task Force will not consider sales presentations on products or
Abstracts should be in a PDF format and submitted to:****
Include the term “*NHTS Poster Abstract*” in the subject line.****
A session-development subcommittee will review all abstracts to identify
those that most effectively demonstrate innovative communication techniques
conveying the value of NHTS data and its use. The Task Force hopes to
identify posters representing a diverse array of uses and applications.
Abstracts that support the 2014 Annual Meeting spotlight theme,
“Celebrating Our Legacy, Anticipating Our Future” are encouraged.****
Applicants will be notified in mid-September of their selection.****
*For More Information*****
Questions about the poster session or the abstract submittal process should
be directed to:****
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Tallahassee FL 32312
The TRB Health and Transportation subcommittee will hold its annual
Summer Meeting this coming Monday, July 22nd in Washington DC from 3:30
to 5:30 PM (Eastern).
The meeting will be at the TRB Keck Center (500 Fifth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001). It will be held in conjunction with the
Conference and Midyear Meeting of the TRB Policy, and Social and
Economic Factors Sections. http://www.trb.org/Calendar/Blurbs/168891.aspx
For those unable to attend in person, there will be a webroom and phone
connection. The details are provided in the attached agenda.
4749 Lincoln Mall Drive, Suite 600
Matteson, IL 60443
We're happy to announce that the July 2013 Health and Transportation
Subcommittee Newsletter is now online. Thanks for everyone on the
communications team for all their help on this.
The lead article is: Educating Communities about Active Transportation and
Health, By Sheryl Gross-Glaser, Director, Partnership for Mobility
Management, Community Transportation Association of America. To build and
improve walking and biking infrastructure, local volunteers and leaders
need to educate themselves about different policy tools, planning processes
and the like in order to gain support for projects. Here is a brief catalog
of resources. go here to read the rest:
Also included are some key upcoming events, some new resources, and a
calendar of events.
And don't forget to get your TRB papers in by August 1. You can find our
call on the website.
Please forgive cross-postings.
Active Living Research Seeks Conference Abstracts
Active Living Research (ALR), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has announced a call for presentation and workshop abstracts for its 11th Annual Conference on March 9-12, 2014, in San Diego, CA. The theme of the 2014 conference, "Niche to Norm," recognizes the importance of advancing active living from an emerging research field with limited results and impact to well-accepted findings that regularly guide decision-making across sectors to create more active communities.
Call for Abstracts - Research & Practice Tracks
The aim of the ALR conference is to be the premier venue for both cutting-edge research and for making findings accessible to and useable by non-scientists. Thus, the 2014 conference agenda will include both research and practice/policy presentations.
Abstracts related to all populations and active living environments and policies in all settings are welcome. Submissions related to the conference theme and research and practice/policies that inform strategies for increasing physical activity among racially and ethnically diverse populations of youth and those living in lower-income communities who are at greatest risk for obesity are particularly encouraged.
Call for Workshops
ALR seeks high quality workshops for researchers (e.g. methods, statistics) and practitioners (e.g., use of measures or tools, dissemination, translation or scalability of findings to inform policy and practice). These sessions must be interactive and have clear learning objectives. Workshops can be proposed for either 1.5 or 3-hour formats.
Read the full Call for Presentation and Workshop Abstracts: http://activelivingresearch.org/cfa2014
The submission deadline for presentation abstracts and workshops is September 4, 2013, 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Notifications will be sent out in late October.
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