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Healthy Places: Redesigning Communities to Foster Health and Equity

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A successfully built environment promotes healthy living for all members of the community. This one-day conference will discuss why promoting work, recreation and community interaction is essential to achieving our nationís goal of a healthier lifestyle. This holds true whether the design is a healthy space in an urban area or a pedestrian-friendly plan in a suburban community. Throughout the day, we will discuss society's responsibility regarding the disparity of resources in our communities, and the need for public policy that promotes innovative and creative solutions to foster health and equity in every community. Key topics include:

  • Emerging problems within the built environment
  • The effect land use planning has on our children's educational development
  • Why all parks are not created equal and the need for green spaces in urban areas
  • How green building, through healthy and environmental design can result in a sustainable design community
  • Case studies of success: suburban and urban healthy communities.

Through these topics and panel discussions we will offer strategies as well as pose questions about what else can be done to ensure that every community becomes a healthy place.


8:30 a.m. Welcome and Agenda Review Jeff Loux, director, Land Use and Natural Resources Program, UC Davis Extension

8:45 a.m. What are the Connections Between Health and Urban Design? Dr. Alex Kelter, California Dept. of Health Dr. Lisa Cirill, California Dept. of Health, Center for Physical Activity (invited)

9:30 a.m. Healthy Places: Do Higher Density, Transit-Oriented, Mixed Use, Walkable Communities Really Promote Healthier Lifestyles? Michael Southworth, UC Berkeley (invited) Susan Handy, UC Davis

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Healthy Places: Do Higher Density, Transit-Oriented, Mixed Use, Walkable Communities Really Promote Healthier Lifestyles? Part II Paul Zykofsky, Local Government Commission Allen Warren, New Faze Development Nancy Bragado, City of San Diego

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:45 p.m. How Can We Redesign Communities to Foster Social Equity? Erica Flores Baltodano, Center for Law in the Public Interest (invited) Adrian Perez, California State Water Resources Board James Rojas, Latino Urban Forum

1:45 p.m. Greening the Inner City: Case Studies from the Field Deborah Schoenbaum, Trust for Public Land David Diaz, Los Angeles Friends of the River (invited) Miya Iwataki, Los Angeles County Office of Health Services (invited) Kevin Williams, Berkeley Youth Alternatives (invited)

3 p.m. Break

3:15 p.m. Small Towns and Rural Areas: Lessons Learned Lauri Medeiros, California State Rural Health Association (invited) Jonathan London, UC Davis Dan Ripke, Chico State University (invited)

4:15 p.m. Wrap-up and Adjourn

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Earn a Certificate

This course is part of these certificate programs:

Land Use and Environmental Planning