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.
The subcommittee has two formal groups: one supports communications and the other supports research needs.
Research Needs Group Leaders
The participants in the subcommittee have supported the development of:
Health and Transportation Joint Subcommittee of ADD50, ADD40, ADB10, ABJ30
The communications group strengthened their outreach capabilities:
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:
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.
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.
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.