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New Webinar: The Right to Walk

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Title of Webinar: The Right to Walk

Date/Time: March 8, 2017 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About the Webinar
America Walks believes every individual should have the right to walk and be physically active. Access to safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to be active leads to healthy individuals, engaged communities, and stronger economies. Walking can be a form of exercise, a way to connect with friends and families, and a means to access transportation to school, work, and play. Learn how communities and organizations are addressing some of the challenges to walking and physical activity and be inspired with tips for how we can all work to make sure walking, biking, and physical activity can be part of the daily lives of every community member with our March 8th webinar, “The Right to Walk.” This webinar is intended for our advocates just getting started on the walking path as well as anyone interested in learning more about this topic.
Webinar participants will hear from representatives from Salud America, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and will:
  • Learn how communities are overcoming challenges to make sure all members have the ability to physically active;
  • Hear how organizations and advocates are working to address disparities in communities across the US; and
  • Learn about how the meaning of walking is expanding to include the various ways that people move and stay active in their daily lives.
About the Presenters

staff011-10-289Charles Brown, MPA, is a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC) and adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both at Rutgers University. He has 15 years of public and private sector experience in transportation planning, policy, and research. He also has extensive experience in community development having worked with municipal, county, and state government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations in three states: Mississippi, Florida and New Jersey.

He is considered a regional thought leader and a leading voice in encouraging equity and complete streets policy adoption and implementation in New Jersey. He served as an instructor for twelve deliveries of the New Jersey Department of Transportation Complete Streets Course, and trained chronic disease coordinators throughout NJ on behalf of the New Jersey Department of Health. More recently, he co-instructed a pilot course on advanced environmental justice for the National Transit Institute and Federal Transit Administration.

As the head of the New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center at VTC, his research and evaluation activities focus on: understanding and removing barriers to bicycling for women and people of color; pedestrian safety at or near bus stops; complete streets implementation and evaluation; economic impacts of bicycling and walking; Open Streets; bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement; crime prevention through environmental design (CPTED); and analyzing vehicle and pedestrian crashes in low income and minority communities in New Jersey.

Prior to joining VTC, he was a city planner with the City of Orlando. While there he coordinated the yearly update to the City’s Capital Improvements Program, reviewed development proposals, and drafted changes to the City’s Growth Management Plan and Land Development Code. He also took a strong leadership role in advancing multi-modal transportation through his involvement with the Orlando Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

He is the recipient of several notable honors in transportation and receives invitations to speak locally, nationally, and internationally. He is a military veteran and a recipient of the Mississippi Commendation Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. He currently serves as a member of his town’s local planning board and is a Board Trustee with the Urban League of Essex County (NJ) and America Walks. He is also a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Belhaven College and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.

Bernadette Mauro headshotBernadette Mauro has worked for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation since the inception of the Paralysis Resource Center (PRC) in 2002. Bernadette manages the Reeve Foundation’s Information Specialists who are the pulse of the PRC. As the Director of Information and Resources, she and the Information Specialists address the needs of individuals living with paralysis, their family members, and their caregivers and provide individualized support by helping them navigate the vast amount of information and services available to them. Bernadette pulls from her many years of experience and expertise to devise personalized plans and approaches to getting individuals living with paralysis back into their communities and a place of well-being. Through her experience in private case management, and information and referral work, she is skilled in identifying consumer needs within the paralysis community. Bernadette spearheads the content development for the PRC’s patient education materials and the website, along with managing the Military and Veterans Program and its Advisory Council.

Bernadette has worked in collaboration with a number of non-profits and patient education groups in order to meet the needs of the patient. Bernadette sits on the board of the Paralyzed Veterans of America’s Consortium for Spinal Cord Medicine. She is on an advisory committee to create a new pressure sore/ulcer protocol at Johns Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. She also moderates paralysis-based online chat rooms and serves as a volunteer peer mentor in the paralysis community.

AMerck Amanda_High Res Photomanda Merck, MPH, Content Curator/Research Area Specialist, Salud America!(@SaludToday), Institute for Health Promotion Research, UT Health San Antonio. 

Merck (@AMFitnessHealth) completed her MPH with a concentration in Physical Activity and Health. She curates content for a Latino childhood obesity campaign based on the most current research, resources, and stories related to policy, systems, and environmental changes to enhance equitable access to safe places for kids and families to walk, bike, and play. She is a member of the Active Living Council for a Healthier San Antonio and teaches group fitness classes for Fitness in the Park, a City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation initiative.