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Smart Ideas at the Intersection of Transportation, Health, and Equity
Date:7/21/2009

  • targeting transportation investments to low-income communities and communities of color in order to provide much needed access and lower health disparities;
  • opening up the transportation planning process by involving local residents and committing to accountability and transparency so community members can have a say in what their needs are; and
  • promoting the health benefits of reducing injuries from traffic crashes, encouraging physical activity, and improving respiratory health.
  • "We must fundamentally shift the way communities are designed in order to ensure health and equity in the first place," said Larry Cohen, executive director of Prevention Institute and co-author of the report. "These effective transportation strategies reduce injury and respiratory illnesses, encourage physical activity, and save money -- a good solution that solves multiple problems."

    PolicyLink (www.policylink.org) is a national research and advocacy institute advancing economic and social equity. Founded in 1999, PolicyLink helps create sustainable communities of opportunity that offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity.

    Prevention Institute (www.preventioninstitute.org) was founded in 1997 to address complex health and social issues. We move beyond approaches that target individuals, one person at a time, to create systematic, comprehensive strategies that change the conditions that impact community health. The organization builds on the successes of a variety of fields and applies them to new challenges in fields such as injury and violence prevention, traffic safety, heal
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