I am pleased to share with you that the TRB Health and Transportation Subcommittee has
partnered with the Intermodal Freight Terminal Design and Operations Committee and the
Urban Freight Transportation Committee to develop a call for papers related to the impact
of freight on public health. The CFP has been approved by TRB and posted here:
Sample topics include the following:
1. Research on recent innovations in air quality regulatory standards: have they
affected public health; have companies been able to come into compliance with federal
ambient air quality standards?
2. Links between the freight and logistics industries and community health issues, such
as air quality, noise abatement, hazardous materials, food security, emergency
preparedness, and active transportation.
3. The relationship between freight and social determinants of health (SDOH) (e.g.,
increased access to healthy foods or improved health effects of living wage jobs
associated with the freight and logistics sectors)
4. Models and/or instruments used to assess freight and public health, particularly at
5. Use of performance measures in transportation that account for health: what should
be measured and how? How should they be standardized?
6. Innovative policies and programs that reduce freight's health risks (e.g., air
quality regulatory standards).
7. Freight-related environmental justice issues - distribution of cumulative risk,
public participation opportunities/challenges, policy or program solutions.
Renee Autumn Ray, AICP
Principal Program Specialist
Area Agency on Aging
Atlanta Regional Commission
regional impact + local relevance
40 Courtland Street, NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-2538
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