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January 2013 Newsletter

TRB Health and Transportation Subcommittee Newsletter
This Issue: Preparing for the 2013 Annual Meeting

Health and Transportation Subcommittee Activities in 2012 

The Health and Transportation Subcommittee came together in March 2011. It has four parent committees; Environmental Justice in Transportation (ADD50), Urban Data and Information Systems (ABJ30), Travel Behavior and Values (ADB10), and Transportation and Sustainability (ADD40). The Subcommittee also bridges two TRB Sections; Planning & Environment, and Policy & Organization. Eloisa Raynault, with the American Public Health Association and member of ADD5, along with Ed Christopher, of Federal Highway Administration and Emeritus member of ABJ30, are the co-chairs. Megan Weir from the San Francisco Department of Public Health and Carey McAndrews share the secretary duties. The subcommittee has established a leadership group to oversee its various activities. The leadership group meets approximately every six weeks by phone.

Subcommittee Structure

The subcommittee has two formal groups: one supports communications and the other supports research needs.

Communications Leaders

Phyllis Orrick, University of California, Berkeley

Carolyn (Carey) McAndrews, University of Colorado Denver

Research Needs Group Leaders

Carolyn (Carey) McAndrews, University of Colorado Denver

Andrew Dannenberg, University of Washington

The participants in the subcommittee have supported the development of:

TRB 2013 Subcommittee Events

Session 351
Health Analysis Applied to Transportation
Monday, January 14, 2013 2:00PM - 3:45PM  Hilton, International Center 
Poster Session Pedestrians and Bicyclists, Policy, Society 

Session 392
Navigating the Intersection of Transportation and Public Health 
Monday, January 14, 2013 3:45PM - 5:30PM  Hilton, Columbia Hall 6
Lectern Session

Health and Transportation Joint Subcommittee of ADD50, ADD40, ADB10, ABJ30 
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:15PM - 2:15PM  Hilton, Columbia Hall 4
Subcommittee Meeting

Major Activities

The communications group strengthened their outreach capabilities:

  • work began on populating the website (resources),
  • developing an identity (logo, as shown above),
  • establishing the Facebook group and launching a thrice-yearly newsletter.

On the research front, up to 30 participants convened during the year and began developing research statements. Three statements have been developed and posted on the website, and several others are in development. The Subcommittee is beginning to coordinate its research interests with other TRB committees, organizations and agencies.

The subcommittee worked on a Group-level cross-cutting session that was selected for the 2013 TRB Annual Meeting. Five Groups supported the session. A survey of 177 TRB Committees was completed to solicit their interest in public health; over 50 expressed an interest. More information from the survey will presented at the Annual Meeting and in the months following.

Additionally, a small group of volunteers compiled lists of Annual Meeting sessions of interest to the subcommittee. The first,  the “Selected H+T HOT Picks,” features events organized by the Subcommittee or one of its parent committees. You can view it on a separate page here or scroll down. The second is a larger "TRB 2013 H+T HOT Picks," which were selected on the basis of the subcommittee's areas of research interest:

  • Social exclusion/inequality/social cohesion
  • Transportation equity 
  • Studies of physical, mental and other social health impacts of transportation 
  • Health impact assessment 
  • Food environments 
  • Safety Metrics and indicators related to public health 
  • Adverse health effects of freight and aviation 
  • Active transportation 
  • Auto use and parking as it relates to public health 
  • Including public health in transportation decision making 
  • Economics and policy of transportation as it relates to public health 
  • Public transit as it relates to public health 
  • Mobility as it relates to public heath (e.g., in rural areas; as it relates to psychosocial factors) 
  • Accessibility as it relates to public health.

As with last year, the Subcommittee will have a Twitter presence at the TRB Annual Meeting. Those interested are encouraged to follow @trbhealth and we will follow you back and reTweet your TRB observations. TRB encourages people to use the #TRBAM hashtag.

Future Initiatives and Activities

For 2013, look for the preparation of research proposals to take off followed by the pursuit for funding. MPH directory. Another area of interest is to have the website serve as a comprehensive catalogue of information that allows the subcommittee friends to list all their activities and resources. This activity has already begun to take hold, as evidenced by the content on the website. Other activities under discussion may include a specialty conference and topical webinars.

TRB 2013 Annual Meeting Activities

Be sure to attend the TRB Health and Transportation Subcommittee Meeting

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:15PM - 2:15PM Hilton, Columbia Hall 4

We've set aside the final 25 minutes of our annual Subcommittee meeting for a roundrobin of Friends of the Subcommittee to share their areas of interest, what they'd like to get out of the Subcommittee and any other information they think will advance the Subcommittee's goals and enhance the other Friends' awareness of important developments in the areas of health and transportation. Bring your thoughts, handouts or any materials you'd like to share, either spoken or for people to take away after the meeting ends.

We will also host a Special Presentation: Health at MPOs & State DOTs: William Lyons, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.

Special thanks to Ipek Sener, Phyllis Orrick, Eloisa Raynault, and Carey McAndrews for pulling these together and an extra thanks to Ipek for the final organizing and formatting!

We also would like to thank Michelle Lee and Glenn Frankel, Westat (GeoStats Services Group) for the beautiful new logo design, which they reworked several times, as an all-volunteer effort.

TRB 2013 Events Sponsored by or featuring the Health and Transportation Subcommittee and Its Partners

Workshop 136 | AICP Certification Maintenance Session  ADD50 Effective Practices and Challenges for Sustainable Communities Planning Funding Grantees to Promote Health, Community Engagement, and Equity in Planning and Project Implementation Hilton, Cabinet  Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Workshop 127 ADD50 Seeking Data for Environmental Justice in Transportation Hilton, Columbia Hall 9 Sunday, January 13, 2013 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Workshop 182 ADD50 Factoring Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Hilton, Cabinet Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:30PM - 4:30PM
Committee Meeting ADB10 Traveler Behavior and Values Committee Hilton, Cabinet Monday, January 14, 2013 10:15AM - 12:00PM
Poster Session 350 ADD50 Equity Analysis in Environmental Justice in Transportation Hilton, International Center Monday, January 14, 2013 2:00PM - 3:45PM
Poster Session 351 ABJ30
Health Analysis Applied to Transportation Hilton, International Center Monday, January 14, 2013 2:00PM - 3:45PM
Lectern Session 392 AB000
Navigating the Intersection of Transportation and Public Health Hilton, Columbia Hall 6 Monday, January 14, 2013 3:45PM - 5:30PM
Committee Meeting ABJ30 Urban Transportation Data and Information Systems Committee Hilton, Monroe Tuesday, January 15, 2013 8:00AM - 12:00PM
Lectern Session 535 | AICP Certification Maintenance Session ADA40
Enhancing Access to Public Lands for Underserved Urban Communities Hilton, Columbia Hall 6 Tuesday, January 15, 2013 10:15AM - 12:00PM
Lectern Session 593 ADA20
Use, Reuse, and Recycle: Getting the Most from National Household Travel Survey Data Hilton, International East Tuesday, January 15, 2013 1:30PM - 3:15PM
Lectern Session 642 ADD50 Environmental Justice in Transportation Equity Analysis Methods for Metropolitan Planning Organizations Hilton, Columbia Hall 7 Tuesday, January 15, 2013 3:45PM - 5:30PM
Committee Meeting ADD50 Environmental Justice in Transportation Committee Hilton, Columbia Hall 4 Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:00AM- 12:00PM
Session 759 | AICP Certification Maintenance Session ADA60
Incorporating New Media into the Environmental Review Process: Benefits, Challenges, and Lessons Learned Hilton, Jefferson West Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:15AM - 12:00PM
Subcommittee Meeting
Health and Transportation Joint Subcommittee Hilton, Columbia Hall 4 Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:15PM - 2:15PM
Committee Meeting ADD40 Transportation and Sustainability Committee Hilton, Monroe Wednesday, January 16, 2013 2:30PM - 6:00PM