Mission

Official Charter

The Standing Committee on Transportation and Public Health (AME70) is concerned with the relationship between transportation and public health. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to: active transportation; transportation’s role in the delivery of health care; effects of transportation-generated air, water, and noise pollution on health; and health impacts and interactions of federal, state, regional and local transportation policies, procedures and actions (as approved June 2020).



Guiding Mission, Scope, & Objectives

Guiding mission

To identify, advance and publish research and information to expand and improve current understanding and evaluation of the health impacts of federal, state, regional and local transportation policies, procedures and actions.


Scope

AME70's scope covers diverse impacts and issues related to health, with attention to vulnerable populations. Topics include, but are not limited to: sustainable and active transportation modes (e.g., walking, biking, transit), mobility, accessibility, safety, freight and aviation impacts to health, transportation-related air pollution and noise impacts, social cohesion, other social, physical and mental health impacts, the distribution of those health impacts in the population (based on factors including income, race and ethnicity, sex, age and English proficiency), and the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) and other metrics and indicators to advance the consideration of health impacts in transportation decision-making. The committee also considers approaches to maximizing health benefits while addressing potential adverse impacts of transportation planning and policy decisions through engineering and design solutions.

Objectives

  • Serve as a focal point for transportation issues and their health impacts, both positive and negative.

  • Review and publish research, sponsor paper calls, develop research proposals and contribute to the knowledge base of health and transportation.

  • Use current and evolving communication media and methods.

  • Serve as a convener for a variety of disciplines (e.g., engineers, public health professionals, planners, epidemiologists, economists, advocates, elected officials, academics) to advance the mission and scope of the field.


Editorial Manager Topics

  • Health in all policies

  • Health and transportation metrics

  • Social determinants of health

  • Air quality

  • Noise

  • Injury prevention

  • Transportation pollution

  • Health impact assessment

  • Community severance

  • Ageing

  • Disability

  • Data and statistical health analysis

  • Health planning

  • Total worker health

  • Healthy transportation choices

  • Accessibility

  • Urban form

  • Rurality

  • Emergency response

  • Active transportation

  • Physical activity

  • Health disparities

  • Health equity

  • Health impact modeling

  • Public transportation and paratransit

  • Chronic disease

  • Infectious and communicable disease

  • Public and population health

  • Health care access

  • Vulnerable populations

  • Health and well being

  • Transportation in cancer risk and prevention

  • Institutional partnerships involving health stakeholders

  • Defining livability as a social determinant of health

History of the Committee

In January 2020, TRB approved a new committee structure that created AME70, a new standing committee on health. This was welcome news for the joint Subcommittee on Health and Transportation, which formed in March 2012.

Since its inception in 2012, the Health and Transportation Subcommittee was highly productive. Actually, it functioned more like a standing committee and sponsored paper calls, submitted research proposals, reviewed papers, organized and conducted sessions and workshops, and took on special initiatives.

To understand what makes a health committee in TRB unique, consider the situation in which the subcommittee was formed. Starting around 2005, TRB staff began to see annual meeting paper submissions with health-related topics but without a corresponding committee capable of leading the reviews. Behind the scenes, TRB staff established a group of three committee chairs to lead a team of reviewers that served as an ad-hoc review team. This is an example of how the the transportation community recognized that health was emerging as topic that should be considered within the framework of TRB.