New Webinar: From the Ground Up: Built Environment Strategies and Support for Walkable Communities (February 27, 2018)

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Webinar Title: From the Ground Up: Built Environment Strategies and Support for Walkable Communities

Webinar Date/Time: February 27th at 3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific

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About the Webinar
The purpose of this webinar is to discuss how built environment strategies such as land development plans, policies, and zoning code reforms can support walkable communities —and the importance of collaboration between planners, transportation and public health practitioners. Join us on February 27th, 2018 at 3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific for the webinar, “From the Ground Up: Built Environment Strategies and Support for Walkable Communities.”
By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to:
  • Understand the evidence-based built environment strategies that improve physical activity
  • Become familiar with the recently completed CDC-funded resources from the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Be able to Illustrate the association between zoning elements and walking
  • Be informed about the American Public Health Association collaborative activities with other agencies to promote walking  and walkability as a way to improve public health
  • Learn how state and local health departments can facilitate effective collaboration with planning, transportation and others to ensure activity-friendly policies and practices – including zoning code reform and land development plans.
About the Presenters

Jason Coates is a health policy analyst at the American Public Health Association (APHA). At APHA, Jason conducts research on the Affordable Care Act, health system reform, public health law, and environmental health. He has delivered presentations on the ACA to professional and academic audiences and is currently developing resources to inform school-based health centers on the process of health reform. Before starting at APHA, Jason was a public policy associate at the National Hispanic Council on Aging, where he researched, wrote, and advocated for policies to improve the health and economic security of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers. He graduated from George Washington University Law School and the University of Chicago.

Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS, is a professor of health policy and administration and co-Director of the Health Policy Center in the Institute for Health Research and Policy in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has over 27 years’ experience conducting public health policy research, evaluation, and analysis. Her research focuses on obesity and school nutrition-related laws and policies adopted nationwide and their implementation and/or impact on communities, schools, and individual-level outcomes. Topically, her work has emphasized zoning and the built environment, physical activity, school wellness, and food and nutrition policy. She served on two Institute of Medicine obesity prevention-related committees; she is an appointed member of the Community Preventive Services Task Force that produces the Community Guide; and she is an advisor for numerous federal, foundation, and nonprofit organizations regarding obesity and school policy-related issues, research, and evaluation studies. She holds a BA in political science from Barnard College at Columbia University in New York; an MHS in health policy from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health; and a PhD in policy sciences with a health policy concentration from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Dr. Chriqui led the development of 3 new products that will be discussed on this webinar that provide helpful background information and resources for public health practitioners interested in collaborating with planning and zoning officials in their community to design more activity-friendly communities.

Dr. Qaiser Mukhtar works with the Physical Activity Translation and Evaluation Team in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is committed to supporting physical activity for all Americans through scientific translation, consultation and partnership. Qaiser also serves as an Associate Editor for CDC’s journal, Preventing Chronic Disease.

During her 18 years with CDC, Qaiser has held a number of scientific and management leadership positions. Before joining the CDC, Qaiser worked as an epidemiologist with the New Mexico State Department of Health where she enjoyed working with tribes and local communities researching diabetes primary prevention, conducting Hantavirus surveillance, and studying substance use. Dr. Mukhtar has a doctorate in Infectious Disease Epidemiology and a master’s degree in Parasitology.

Ellen Pillsbury, AICP is the Active Transportation Coordinator with the Minnesota Department of Health.  Within the Office of Statewide health Improvement Initiatives, Ellen focuses on community active living strategies working with local public health, regional and State partners to build capacity for active transportation and community planning efforts. Ellen has 10 years of experience in the planning field.  She has led and participated in a wide variety of local and regional healthy community planning projects. Ellen has a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from Minnesota State Mankato.