The Usual…and Not So Usual Suspects

Upon leaving the 2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference, one of the important themes that will stay with me is the need to routinely branch out to other disciplines to solve public health problems. For example, city planners, architects and transportation departments need to be at the table with public health professionals more often to address human health problems impacted by the built environment. (This concept is one being embraced by CLF—for one, the center is working with Baltimore planners on the city’s food policy task force to improve healthy food availability.)

As Catherine Ross, director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Quality Growth and Regional Development said, we need to learn to speak each others’ language. On the local level, this collaboration is even more important. When local zoning departments work together with environment and public health offices to maximize natural resources and engage in smarter design of our roads and buildings, it makes it easier for the feds to do so, she said. Read More >