If you are attending the TRB Annual Meeting this January there are
several Health and Transportation related sessions and meetings that may
be of interest.They can be found by searching the TRB Online interactive
program at https://annualmeeting.mytrb.org/interactiveprogram
. You can
even browse the program without registering.
One major item to note is a workshop that the H+T Subcommittee will host
on Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM in the Washington
DC Convention Center.The workshop will focus on Institutionalizing
Health in Transportation Agency Practice.
Since the Subcommittee’s inception 5 years ago, we have noticed an
increased interest in the integration of public health in transportation
and transportation agencies across the United States.As awareness of the
health impacts of transportation grows, transportation agencies are
looking for ways to better understand the connections and tools needed
to integrate health in transportation decisions. We have seen much success.
Given substantial progress to date, the 2016 workshop will focus on how
public health can be institutionalized in transportation agency
practice.Key topics addressed will include:
•workforce development and key skills,
•leadership buy in, and
The overall objective of the workshop is to help transportation
professionals incorporate health into their agencies' work through four
examples of how this has been done by other organizations around the
country.By the end of the day, attendees will be able to identify at
least one strategy for institutionalizing health in their area of
expertise, which has the potential to work in their state/local context.
In addition, attendees will be able to identify at least three new tools
and resources for accomplishing this goal.
The workshop features transportation agencies and, where possible, their
public health counterparts from around the country; as well as national
organizations that are providing key resources for these
initiatives.Participants will share practices and lessons learned on how
to jump start pilot or short-term grant funded initiatives that can be
leveraged and grown into longer-term programs to integrate public health
into transportation decisions.
The format will begin with state, regional and local case studies,
followed by an introduction to some key national resources for
jurisdictions that want to take their practice to the next level.The
workshop will conclude with a lightning round for information sharing
and discussion.Audience participation encouraged.
Consider putting this workshop on your TRB agenda