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New Webinar: Call to Action: Paths to Walkable Communities

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Date and Time: May 12, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

Webinar Title: “Call to Action: Paths to Walkable Communities”

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About the Webinar

The release of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking & Walkable Communities in September 2015 was a watershed moment for the walking movement. Its release provided leadership and motivation for governments, businesses and organizations to address the numerous barriers to safe, active mobility and promoted the multiple health benefits of walking. Join America Walks for a webinar on May 12 that will look at local organizations and governments who are taking action to Step It Up! in creating walkable communities.

We will hear from two recipients of the Every Body Walk! Micro Grantsfollowed by a city with one of the top Complete Streets policies in the US. Participants will have a chance to ask questions of the panel to learn how they might make their own communities great places to walk.
About the Presenters
  • JJudy Crabtree Photoudy Crabtree is a seasoned non-profit manager with over 28 years of experience. Judy has served as the Executive Director of the Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement since 2002. The Coalition’s mission is to identify and evaluate health risks and to coordinate resources to measurably improve the health of the people of Kanawha County. As Executive Director, Judy works to enhance the Coalition’s relationship with community members and organizations and to increase the visibility of the Coalition’s efforts in the community. She also coordinates and implements the Coalition’s triennial countywide health needs assessment, maintains ongoing member support, and coordinates and provides administrative support for the Coalition’s community health initiatives.  Currently, the Kanawha Coalition is working to address three priority health issues identified through its 2014 Community Health Assessment: 1) Obesity/poor nutrition, 2) Drug abuse, and 3) lack of physical activity.
  • Photo2Joanna Saul is a proud alum of THE Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) and Georgetown University Law Center.  Professionally, she is the director of a legislative committee with oversight of adult and juvenile state prisons in Ohio.  Personally interested in public health and the community, she started Walk Worthington officially in 2015, which is a joint community initiative of the local food pantry, the library, and the parks and recreation department, in addition to interested citizens.  Walk Worthington has been recognized by the Worthington City Council both years and we are extremely proud to be the recipient of the 2016 America Walks and Every Body Walk! Micro Grant.
  • Smith_colorAndrea Smith is the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Ogdensburg, NY. She received a dual Master’s in Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech in 2008 where she previously earned her Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture in 2006. After completing her course work, Ms. Smith worked as a design consultant and later as a therapeutic garden designer for patients suffering with dementia, and advanced Alzheimer’s disease in Atlanta, GA. In 2011, Ms. Smith relocated to her native home in Ogdensburg working for the City’s planning office on their Brownfield Opportunity Area (BOA) program. In January 2013, Ms. Smith was appointed to her current position as Director. Presently, the department administers over $2 million in EPA brownfields grant funds, and nearly $500,000 in NYS DOS grants. Andrea also serves as the Administrative Director of the Ogdensburg Growth Fund Development Corporation, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life within the greater Ogdensburg area through maximizing employment opportunities, job training, business assistance, and economic revitalization efforts.

We are grateful to the Centers for Disease Control, American Public Health Association, New Jersey Department of Health, and Every Body Walk! Collaborative for sponsoring this program.