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Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts

  • Dates: 13 – 14 Apr, 2015
  • Location: Washington, D.C.
The upcoming April 13 – 14, 2015 conference, "Moving Active Transportation to Higher Ground: Opportunities for Accelerating the Assessment of Health Impacts" will focus on the evidence base as well as discussion of key tools and metrics for active transportation.  The conference, jointly sponsored and organized by ACSM and the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Science, will bring together experts and constituents from transportation, urban planning, public health health care, and health economics to explore the states of the art and practice on quantifying the public health outcomes of active transportation.

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The conference will be organized around thematic sessions. Presentations that fit into one ore more of the following themes will be considered:
  • Comprehensive conceptual frameworks, studies and models that integrate the numerous domains by which active transportation relates to health;
  • Scientific evidence on relationships between measures of active travel and health -- especially studies that assess both benefits and risks of active travel;
  • Health impact assessments (HIAs) in transportation planning, including practical applications of HIAs that pertain to impacts of walking, cycling, and public health in transportation planning;
  • Monetization and economic valuation of health impacts;
  • Examples and experiences of collecting and using bicycle and pedestrian data in active transportation planing applications and the development and use of tools suited for the assessment of health impacts (e.g. regional travel demand modeling, sketch planning tools, GIS, etc.);
  • Assessing health impacts of walking and cycling related to public transport;
  • Methodological issues of assessment of health impacts of active travel (e.g. substitution of physical activity from transport and other domains; interaction with demographics and other factors; self-selection; and issues with data collection).

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