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IN October of 2015 the CDC and USDOT launched the Transportation and
Health Tool (THT). Now that the THT has been in use for a while, the
American Public Health Association (APHA) is heading up an effort to
document case studies of its use and application.
If you have used or plan to use the THT for a project, plan, policy
initiative, study or anything else please click on this link and
complete a brief survey about your use.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tht_case_studies. Your responses will
help the study team determine which projects and initiatives might be
best suited for the THT case studies.
The THT is a jointly funded effort of the CDC and USDOT. To support the
initiative, the APHA is working with the CDC to foster the
implementation of the THT through webinars, presentations, case studies,
and workshops. The THT is tool that helps transportation decision-makers
and stakeholders understand how a state or metropolitan area compares to
others across a set of key transportation and health indicators. The
tool also includes 25 evidence-based strategies to improve health
outcomes and equity through transportation. To learn more about the tool
and to use it visit
If you know of anyone using the tool please feel free to pass this and
survey link on to them.
Transportation Planning Consultant
>From the National Conference of State Legislators.
'The use of ROI analysis in public health has grown substantially over
recent years. Given its potential to influence decisions on how to invest
resources, it is important to understand the pros and cons of using ROI to
understand the cost effectiveness of public health programs.
ROI can be used to make the economic case for why a program may be worth
funding, and capture some of the bigger picture effects a program may have.
For example, will a program lead to increased tax revenue for the state?
ROI analysis may also be useful for comparing the economic impact that
different programs may have on state budgets, but a word of caution: ROI
needs to be approached carefully.'
Institute for Multi-Level Governance and Development
Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien/Vienna University of Economics and Business
Personal: annhartell.com <http://annhartell.weebly.com>
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will be hosting an informational webinar on the 500 Cities Project on June 30, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT. Please click this link: https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=a298ov9hrivb&campaign=obq0… to register for the webinar.
* This project will identify, analyze, and report city and census tract-level data, obtained using small area estimation methods, for 27 disease measures for the 500 largest American cities.
* The data will be available by summer 2017 through a public, interactive "500 Cities" website that will allow users to view, explore, and download city- and tract-level data.
* Although limited data are available at the county and metropolitan levels, this project represents a first-of-its kind data analysis to release information on a large scale for cities and for small areas within cities. This system would complement existing surveillance data necessary to more fully understand the health issues affecting the residents of that city or census tract.
* These high-quality, small-area epidemiologic data can be used both by individual cities and groups of cities as well as other stakeholders to help develop and implement effective and targeted prevention activities; identify emerging health problems; and establish and monitor key health objectives. For example, city planners and elected officials may want to use this data to target neighborhoods for effective interventions.
* Measures will complement existing sets of indicators such as the Community Health Status Indicators (http://wwwn.cdc.gov/communityhealth) and the County Health Rankings (http://www.countyhealthrankings.org/).
* The 27 measures include 5 unhealthy behaviors, 13 health outcomes, and 9 prevention practices.
* The measures include major risk behaviors that lead to illness, suffering, and early death related to chronic diseases and conditions, as well as the conditions and diseases that are the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems.
* Each measure will have a comprehensive definition that includes the background, significance, limitations of the indicator, data source, and limitations of the data resources.
Unique Value of the 500 Cities Project
* The 500 Cities Project reflects innovations in generating valid small-area estimates for population health.
* It provides data for cities, many of which cover multiple counties or do not follow county boundaries, and for census tracts for the first time. These data will be filterable (by city and/or tracts; as well as by measure) and downloadable for use in separate analyses by the end-users.
* The project will enable retrieval, visualization, and exploration of a uniformly- defined selected city and tract-level data for the largest 500 US cities for conditions, behaviors, and risk factors that have a substantial effect on population health.
The project will deliver data for the 497 largest American cities and will include data from the largest cities in Vermont (Burlington - population: 42,417), West Virginia (Charleston - population: 51,400) and Wyoming (Cheyenne - population: 59,466) to ensure inclusion of cities from all the states; bringing the total to 500 cities. The cities range in population from 42,417 in Burlington, Vermont to 8,175,133 in New York City, New York. Among these 500 cities, there are approximately 28,000 census tracts, for which data will be provided. The tracts range in population from less than 50 to 28,960, and in size from less than 1 square mile to more than 642 square miles. The number of tracts per city ranges from 8 to 2,140. The project includes a total population of 103,020,808.
In 2007, the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Planning and
Environment Group launched a new competition looking for fresh and
creative methods for communicating technical transportation issues with
“John and Jane Q. Public” to share with others within the profession.
The theme for this year's call is "Communicating the Connection,
Transportation and Public Health" I have attached the flyer and
information on the program can be found at
link to the solicitation for this year is at
The winning entries, will be judged and selected by a panel of
transportation and communication professionals. They will be featured
in both a podium and a poster session at the TRB 95th Annual Meeting in
Washington, D.C. (January 8-12, 2017). Winning entries also will be
featured in an edition of TRB’s Transportation Research News (TRNews).
For those of you not familiar with TRNews, last September the TRB
Subcommittee on Health and Transportation developed a special issue
devoted entirely to health and transportation. It can be viewed in its
entirety at http://onlinepubs.trb.org/onlinepubs/trnews/trnews299.pdf
Transportation Planning Consultant