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Workshop: Promoting Community Health in Planning Decisions
Activity Code: W405
Date: Saturday, April 13
Planners and and public health experts are increasingly partnering to address health issues associated with development. Learn how to team with public health officials to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of planning efforts in the areas of housing, transit, street design, energy, parks/greenways, and food supply.
Community Planner, CDC
Phone: (770) 488-3981
Work: Dee Merriam is a Community Planner at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH). Her program, the Healthy Community Design Initiative (www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces), looks at the relationship between community design and public health. The group works to improve public health by: • Linking public health surveillance with community design decisions; • Improving community design decisions through tools such as Health Impact Assessment; • Educating decision makers on the health impact of community design; • Building partnerships with community design decision makers and their influencers; • Conducting research to identify the links between health and community design; and • Translating research into best practices. Dee works with local governments, planning and design professionals, developers, and national organizations to establish policies that improve both the design of and access to community spaces.
Education: Master in Landscape Architecture - University of Georgia Master in City and Regional Planning - Georgia Institute of Technology
Publications: “Let’s Go to the Park Today: The Role of Parks in Obesity Prevention and Improving the Public’s Health” in Childhood Obesity 2012 (Co author) Urban Green Infrastructure: A Study of Implementation Strategies 2010
Past Assignments: 2013 Connecting Parks, Community and Public Health; Park Pride Conference 2012 Making the Healthy Choice, the Easy Choice; Growing in Place: symposium on intergenerational urban design for children and families Community Design Indicators and the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network; CDC GIS Day 2011 Urban Green Infrastructure: A Study of Implementation Strategies, Public Open Space in the Sustainable City; International workshop Scale Matters: Planning and Design for Healthy Communities; National Healthy Homes Conference Health + Public Infrastructure; National Healthy Homes Conference
Senior Associate, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Phone: (202) 540-6382
Work: Bethany Rogerson is a senior associate for the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) and support the growth of the field in the United States. Ms. Rogerson joined the Health Impact Project after completing her master’s degree. During graduate school, she worked with the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, where she developed policy briefs and examined studies on mental health bed capacity. Prior to that, she assisted the policy and development departments at the League of Conservation Voters in Washington, D.C., as well as the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.
Education: Ms. Rogerson received a master’s degree in social policy at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of arts in environmental studies from the University of Michigan.
Chris J. Danley
Transportation Planner, Vitruvian Planning, LLC
Work: Currently, Chris works for himself as the Principal of Vitruvian Planning, LLC in Boise, Idaho. Recent planning projects have included projects of a wide variety including statewide Safe Routes to School planning, Health Impact Assessments, Complete Street policy analysis and transportation plans with particular emphasis on the people network and land use contexts. As an avid cyclist, transit user and health advocate, Chris has focused primarily on the link between mobility planning and the public health connection. Chris has worked in both the public and private sectors and spent time on the front lines of the health crisis facing the U.S. and a personal trainer and coach.
Education: Education achievements include a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Eastern Washington University; a Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences from Chapman University.
Past Assignments: West Virginia Association of Counties Annual Conference, 2012. Charleston, WV. "Health and the Built Environment" Center for Disease Control, Weight of the Nation, Washington DC. 2012, "HIA and Activity Connection Plan; Going Beyond Simple Evaluation"
James E. Dills
Research Associate II, Georgia Health Policy Center
Work: Jimmy Dills is a Research Associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, where he works to improve public health by advancing a health in all policies perspective of decision making. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism and as an instructor for the Public Health and Built Environment course offered jointly through Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. His primary areas of expertise are health impact assessment (HIA) and healthy community design. Prior to joining the Health Policy Center, Jimmy facilitated collaboration between the local public health department and community stakeholders as HIA Coordinator in Nashville, TN. He has also been a Research Fellow at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity focusing specifically on HIA and physical activity promotion. He has presented on Health in All Policies, HIA, and other built environment topics to numerous local, regional, and national audiences such as the American Public Health Association, the American Planning Association, New Partners for Smart Growth, and the Congress for the New Urbanism. Jimmy holds a Master of Public Health degree and Bachelor of Science from Emory University as well as a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Louisville.
Education: Jimmy holds a Master of Public Health degree and Bachelor of Science from Emory University as well as a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Louisville.
Past Assignments: He has presented on Health in All Policies, HIA, and other built environment topics to numerous local, regional, and national audiences such as the American Public Health Association, the American Planning Association, New Partners for Smart Growth, and the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Amelia L. Greiner
Faculty, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Work: Assistant Professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers Departmental Affiliations: Undergraduate Program in Public Health Masters Program in Policy Masters Program in Urban Planning Doctoral Program in Planning and Policy
Education: PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health MS, Cornell University BA, Gustavus Adolphus College
Publications: 1. Thornton, RJ, Greiner, AL, Fichtenberg, CM, Feingold, B, Ellen, JM, Jennings, JM. (in press, 2013). “Achieving Healthy Zoning Policy in Baltimore: The Results of a Health Impact Assessment of the 1 TransForm Baltimore Comprehensive Zoning Code Rewrite.” Public Health Reports: Supplement on Applying Social Determinants of Health to Public Health Practice 2. Jennings, J, Miliam, A; Greiner A, Furr Holden, D. Curriero, F, Thornton, R. (under review) Neighborhood Alcohol Outlets and the Association with Violent Crime in one Mid-Atlantic City: The Implications for Zoning Policy. 3. Pierce, J; Martin, D; Scherr, A and Greiner, A (Sept 2012) The Spatial Justice of Mental Health: How Local Development Politics Shape Public Health Outcomes. Annals of the Association of American Geographers. 102 ( 5): 1084-1092 4. Ransom M, Greiner A, Kotchitzky C, Major K (2011) Pursuing Health Equity: Zoning Codes and Public Health. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics 39(1-S): 94-97. 5. Thornton RJ, Greiner A, and Jennings J. (2013) Alcohol Outlet Control Policy and Public Health in Baltimore: Evidence and Arguments about Creating Healthier Residential Neighborhoods. Published through and funded by The Abell Foundation. Baltimore, Maryland. http://www.abell.org/pubsitems/HHS-Alcohol_Policy_Brief.pdf Thornton RLJ, Fichtenberg CM, Greiner A, Feingold B, Ellen JM, Jennings JM, Shea MA, Schilling J, Taylor RB, Bishai D, Black M. Zoning for a Healthy Baltimore: A Health Impact Assessment of the TransForm Baltimore Comprehensive Zoning Code Rewrite. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Center for Child and Community Health Research. August 2010.
Past Assignments: 1. Shapiro, S and Greiner, A. (February 22, 2013). Lessons Learned:What Can Benefit-Cost Analysis Teach Us about Health Impact Assessments? Society for Benefit Cost Analysis: Increasing the Utility of Benefit Cost Analysis. Washington, DC 2. Greiner A. Lagasse L, Neff R, Love D, Sokol N, Chase R, & Smith KC. (October 29, 2012) "Reassuring or risky? The presentation of seafood safety in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill" Oral presentation. 140th American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA 3. Greiner, A. Johnson, RJ, Jennings, J, and Fichtenberg C (April 2, 2012) Addressing Alcohol Outlet Density through an HIA of Baltimore City's Zoning Code Rewrite. Oral Presentation. Inaugural National Health Impact Assessment Meeting. Washington DC. 4. Greiner, A. (October 27, 2010). Realizing Healthy Urban Governance: Challenges and Opportunities via Comprehensive Zoning Rewrites. Oral Presentation. International Conference on Urban Health. New York, NY 5. Greiner, A. (September 14, 2010) Challenges and Opportunities in Including Health in Zoning Rewrites: Implications for Health Equity and Governance. Oral Presentation. Using Law, Policy, and Research to Improve the Public’s Health: A National Conference. Sponsored by the Public Health Law Association and American Society for Law Medicine and Ethics. Atlanta, GA
Katherine A. Hebert
Work: Davidson Design for Life Coordinator in the Town of Davidson, NC. Health Impact Assessment practitioner in charge of conducting 3 HIAs and 2 HIA trainings annually as part of a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Formerly an ORISE Fellow with the CDC Healthy Community Design Initiative and Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity.
Education: Bachelor of Arts from Appalachian State University: Interdisciplinary Studies Environmental Policy and Planning Masters of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Publications: Hebert, K. (2012). Health Impact Assessments in North Carolina: Promoting Public Health Through Informed Decisions. North Carolina Medical Journal, 73(4), 297-299. Health Impact Assessment: Town of Davidson Street Design Standards. http://www.healthimpactnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/SDS-HIA-Report-2.pdf . Health Impact Assessment: Red Line Regional Rail. http://www.healthimpactnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Red-Line-HIA-11-28-2012.pdf . Health Impact Assessment: SB 731: Zoning/Design and Aesthetic Controls. http://www.healthimpactnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/SB-731HIA-Report1.pdf Danley, C. Hebert, K. & Kostelec, D. (2013). Health Impact Assessment & Planning: Bridging the Gap to Promote Health Equity. Carolina Planning. (Scheduled to be published in upcoming edition).
Other Publications: Hebert, K.A., Wendel, A.M., Kennedy, S.K., & Dannenberg, A.L. (2012). Health impact assessment: A comparison of 45 local, national, and international guidelines. Environmental Impact Assessment Review, 34, 74-82.
Past Assignments: Speaker at the 2012 North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association state conference on the use of HIA in NC. Plenary speaker at the Inaugural United States HIA meeting in D.C. in April 2012.
Donald L. Kostelec, AICP
Principal, Kostelec Planning, LLC
Phone: (828) 989-5811
Work: Don Kostelec, AICP, is the principal of Kostelec Planning in Asheville. Don was the project manager for both the Haywood County Comprehensive Bicycle Plan and the Buncombe County Greenways & Trails Master Plan, as well as the associated Health Impact Assessments. He has worked in both the public and private sector managing pedestrian, bicycle, greenways and transit plans for more than 12 years in North Carolina, Idaho, Washington and the United Arab Emirates. Don is a board member of the NC Active Transportation Alliance, the Leadership Team of NC Eat Smart / Move More, and the Buncombe Bicycle Education Network. He is an adjunct professor in Western Carolina University's Master of Public Affairs program.
Education: Master of Urban Planning & Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago. Bachelor of Science, Political Science & Journalism, Western Carolina University.
Past Assignments: "Health Impact Assessments: Collaboration for Improving Planning and Policy Initiatives." North Carolina Chapter of APA. September 2012. Wilmington, NC. "HIA for Active Transportation: Addressing Obesity in Western NC through Bicycle and Greenway Planning." Southern Obesity Summit. October 2012. Charlotte, NC. "Health Impact Assessments: Typologies for Transportation Projects and Planning" (P12-6319). 2012 Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board. January 2012. Washington, DC. "Transportation Demand Management and Public Health: Are we making the connection?." Association for Commuter Transportation Annual Conference. July 212. Savannah, GA.