Greetings TRB H+T Subcommittee Friends,
A recent effort by the Subcommittee is the development of a TRB Circular on Health and
Transportation. For more general info on TRB Circulars, see this website, but typically
they are 20+ page overviews of a timely topic:
We have developed the general outline below, as a start, and are looking for support from
our Subcommittee friends in developing content. Keep in mind that transportation
professionals are the main readership for TRB Circulars.
If you would like to support work on this effort, please reply to me at
eloisa.raynault(a)apha.org (***do NOT reply to this email***).
Please let me know 1) which area interests you and 2) any details about the nature of your
interest/expertise in that area.
* What should a transportation professional need to know about public health?
Include typical areas like safety/injury prevention, air quality, and equity/vulnerable
populations as well as increasing physical activity opportunities through ped/bike
infrastructure and increasing food access via transit and p/b routes.
* How are public health organizations organized? What do they do? Add more health
agencies perspective (if possible), for instance in the case study: what have public
health agencies done; e.g. how some are including transportation metrics as performance
* How could a transportation professional build relationships with public health
practitioners (e.g., inviting PH practitioner to sit on a transportation planning board,
including PH in inter-agency meetings or status updates, jointly applying for a funding
* Address motivation. Why should transportation professionals care about public
health? What are the benefits of building relationships with public health professionals?
How does working towards the goals of public health help transportation agencies achieve
* How should transportation professionals communicate about public health? What
are the key terms and concepts to know?
* How are urban sprawl and cancer linked?
* How health impact assessments can be used to promote healthy transportation with
a few brief success stories
How transportation departments can work with ped/bike/transit advocacy groups with a few
brief success stories
* Case studies: what have State DOTs done? What have MPOs done? What have transit
organizations done? Etc. Show how some are including health as a performance measure.
Eloisa Raynault | American Public Health Association | Transportation, Health and Equity
Program Manager | o: 202-777-2487 | http://apha.org/transportation
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