Tag: health

Laura Jackson of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield on creating healthier communities

Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council recently spoke with Laura Jackson, an Executive Vice President of Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, to get her perspective on why smart growth strategies should be a priority for the health care industry and how the way we build communities can help abate rising health care costs and improve public health.

“Smart growth practices are a way to help people understand that there are certain things you can do, either low cost or no cost in many cases in communities, to live a longer healthier life,” says Jackson.

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Smart growth news – January 5, 2012

Federal HUD grant drives development in East Austin
YNN (Texas) – January 4, 2012
A large plot of land in East Austin will soon be developed into a mixed-income, sustainable community, thanks to a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Fed Urges Action on Housing
Wall Street Journal – January 5, 2012
The paper said some 60 metro areas had at least 250 foreclosed properties for sale by Fannie, Freddie and federal agencies—enough to efficiently execute rental programs. About two-fifths of properties held by Fannie could produce returns that justify converting them, it said.

Why Some Cities Are Healthier Than Others
The Atlantic Cities – January 5, 2012
Metro health is closely associated with commuting patterns. Metros where greater shares of people walk and bike to work do better on the Metro Health Index (.62). Conversely, the share of people who drive to work alone is negatively associated with the Metro Health Index (-.47).

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America’s Bulging Waistlines and a National Need for Complete Streets

The newest release of F as in Fat notes the alarming pace of America’s obesity crisis and makes six overarching strategies to bring our waistlines into check, including the recommendation for Complete Streets laws at the state and federal level. Recent news on the impending federal transportation authorization bill, however, indicates that such a recommendation has not yet penetrated the walls of Congress.

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Resources for Your CTG Application

Communities from Texas to Illinois and Pennsylvania to California are including healthy, active transportation activities in their Community Transformation Grant (CTG) application — and technical assistance from the National Complete Streets Coalition and the Safe Routes to School National Partnership can help them achieve their goals. We’ve rounded up additional resources for communities in today’s blog post.

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Include Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School in your Community Transformation Grant

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently accepting applications for Community Transformation Grants. We encourage you to include technical assistance from the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Complete Streets Coalition in your application.

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Webinar: Preventing Roadway Fatalities and Injuries (Part 4)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is launching a 4-part webinar series in 2011 addressing the impact of transportation systems on health outcomes. From APHA: Join us for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, highlights innovative …

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Webinar: Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in Transportation (Part 3)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is launching a 4-part webinar series in 2011 addressing the impact of transportation systems on health outcomes. From APHA: Join us for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, highlights innovative …

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Webinar: The Health Benefits from Active Transportation (Part 2)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is launching a 4-part webinar series in 2011 addressing the impact of transportation systems on health outcomes. From APHA: Join us for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, highlights innovative …

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Webinar: Community Health and Transportation Planning (Part 1)

The American Public Health Association (APHA) is launching a 4-part webinar series in 2011 addressing the impact of transportation systems on health outcomes. From APHA: Join us for this series that explores the intersections between health and transportation, highlights innovative …

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Quick Takes: Mid-October Complete Streets Talk Across the Country

This week’s round-up of Complete Streets talk across the country, from the first inklings of policy development in New Hope, Minnesota to an article in Albany, New York’s Times Union on how Complete Streets are part of comprehensive cancer prevention strategy. [Continue Reading "Quick Takes: Mid-October..."]

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