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Transportation Equity: A Public Health Approach

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Air date: Thursday, September 20, 2012, 2:00:00 PM
Time displayed is Eastern Time, Washington DC Local
Views: Total views: 103, (1 Live, 102 On-demand)
Category: Health Disparities
Runtime: 01:07:54
Description: NIH Health Disparities Seminar

Transportation decisions affect our lives and health. Everyone relies upon various modes of transportation to get to work or school, receive medical attention, access healthy foods at grocery stores and markets and participate in countless other activities. However, too many people are negatively impacted by inequitable transportation decisions that are detrimental to public health. The many connections between transportation and health have gained attention in recent years, particularly the health impacts of transportation to vulnerable populations. Health and transportation professionals have different scientific backgrounds and separate organizational structures, yet they aim to answer similar questions. What are the linkages between health and transportation datasets? What is the scientific literature telling us about these linkages, what are we learning about safety, physical activity, air quality and access? What are the implications for the nation’s most vulnerable communities, and what health disparities are impacting them? These are among the topics that Dr. Benjamin will address in his presentation from a policy perspective.

Dr. Benjamin is a public health leader, practitioner and administrator. He is the executive director of the American Public Health Association, the nation's oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. Previously he served as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Benjamin became Secretary of health in Maryland in April 1999, following four years as the deputy secretary for public health services. As secretary, Benjamin oversaw the expansion and improvement in the state’s Medicaid program.
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Author: Dr. Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association
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