Fall 2012 Healthy Communities Summit

 

CNU Atlanta and the CDC Healthy Community Design Initiative Present:
HEALTHY COMMUNITIES SUMMIT
September 20-21, 2012
Atlanta, GA
Is the work of planners, developers, architects, and engineers the remedy to America’s health crisis? In the 19th century, city planning and public health officials worked together to tackle epidemics such as cholera and tuberculosis by providing access to clean water, sanitation and green spaces. Today, chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes have replaced infectious ones as the leading causes of death and disability in America. It is time for planners and public health officials to join forces again.

REGISTER

Note: Registration is only required for the Friday Summit (See Fees). The kick-off evening event is free and open to all.

On Friday, September 21, a one-day Healthy Communities Summit, will take place in Atlanta to bring design and health professionals and public officials together to discuss and learn about ways to build livable neighborhoods together that support physical and mental health.The Summit will kick off on Thursday, September 20, with an evening screening of the first episode of the PBS documentary Designing Healthy Communities followed by an expert panel discussion.

The Healthy Communities Summit is co-produced by the Congress of the New Urbanism Atlanta Chapter and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative. Georgia Tech Student Planning Association is co-sponsoring the Thursday kick-off event.

Approved for AICP CE, AIA LU/HSW and CNU-A CM credits. (See below for details).

Questions: Contact atlanta@cnu.org.
If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please visit our sponsorship page.


THURSDAY: Kick-Off Evening – Special Screening of “Designing Healthy Communities”
September 20, 2012, 6-8PM (FREE. No Registration Required.)


Georgia Institute of Technology, School of Architecture
Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium (Map and Directions)

The PBS series, hosted by Dr. Richard Jackson, aims to “offer best practice models to improve our nation’s health by redesigning and restoring our built environment.” Episode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia which has a special focus on “Sprawlanta” will be screened. A panel discussion which will include local interviewees featured in the episode will immediately follow the screening. The panel will include:

The Thursday kick-off (FREE) is approved for 1 AICP CM, 1 AIA LU/HSW, and 1 CNU-A CE credits. Certificates will be provided to participants for self-reporting to other professional organizations. Attendees will get a special discount towards the purchase of the 4 DVD set of Designing Healthy Communities.


FRIDAY: Lectures/Workshop – Healthy Communities Summit
September 21, 2012, 8:30-4:30. (FEE. Click here to Register)


All Saints Episcopal Church, Ellis Hall, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA (Map and Directions)

The day-long summit will bring design and health professionals and public officials together to discuss and learn about ways to build livable neighborhoods that support physical and mental health.

The Friday Summit is approved for 7 AICP CM, 7 AIA LU/HSW, and 7 CNU-A CE credits. Certificates will be provided to participants for self-reporting to other professional organizations.

REGISTRATION FEE
CNU Member* $ 75.00
Non-Member $ 95.00
Student (please be prepared to show Student ID at door) $ 35.00
*Registrants will have to option to become a CNU Member and receive the event discount during registration. Learn more about membership benefits.

PROGRAM

08:00am – 08:30am Registration / Breakfast
08:30am – 09:00am Introduction to Healthy Communities
09:00am – 10:30am Session 1 – CODE REFORM
Speakers: David Green, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Kathy Field, and Wayne Smith
10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 12:15am Session 2 – HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENTS
Speakers: Dr. Holly Avey and Dr. Candace Rutt
12:15am – 01:30pm Lunch (box lunch provided)
01:30pm – 03:30pm Session 3 – HEALTH DISTRICTS
Includes hands-on planning exercise with Grady Memorial case study.
Speakers: Basak Alkan, AICP, LEED® AP BD+C, Jason Harper, AIA, LEED® AP and Joanna Lombard, AIA
03:30PM – 03:45PM Break
03:45pm – 04:30pm Closing Keynote and Discussion
Speaker: Laura Keyes, AICP
SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Session 1: Code Reform and Public Health: Regulatory Tools for Healthy Communities
Speakers: David Green, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, Kathy Field, and Wayne Smith.

Most of the development and building codes today were originally created to improve public health.  During the 19th and early 20th century, they were used to address infectious diseases and other health risks associated with pollution and poor working or living conditions. While they were effective at addressing the health concerns of the time, many of today’s codes are contributing to the public health challenge of the 21st century: obesity and its impact on chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.At every level of design, laws and regulations guide decision making that impacts how these 21st century health epidemics will be addressed.  From zoning codes that impact how walkable a community is to building codes that influence how people work and live, codes play a key role in daily life.  Additionally, today there is a broader spectrum of people involved with community design decisions.  Architects, planners, engineers, developers, public health officials, elected officials, citizens and many others have a shared role and responsibility in making healthier design decisions for the communities they work and live in.  This session will focus on how health research is being incorporated into modern codes and practice to create better health outcomes for communities.

Session 2: Health Impact Assessments: Improving Project Health Outcomes
Speakers: Dr. Holly Avey and Dr. Candace Rutt

Rising obesity and diabetes rates. Climate change. Social inequity. Are your projects contributing to these and other health concerns? Health impact assessment(HIA) can help planners assess how a proposed project might affect the physical and psychological health and general well-being of a community before the project is built. This session will:

  • Explain the HIA process and its distinct advantages,
  • Provide real-life examples of its use,
  • Discuss how HIA can be incorporated into current planning processes with minimal impact on time and resources, and
  • Offer opportunities to more closely partner with potential allies from public health and related fields.

Session 3: Health Districts: Building Hospitals into Healthy Communities
Includes hands-on planning exercise with Grady Memorial case study.
Speakers: Basak Alkan, AICP, LEED® AP BD+CJason Harper, AIA, LEED® AP and Joanna Lombard

Built as pavilions set in landscape, early hospitals were civic institutions of beauty whose form reflected an understanding of the importance of daylight, fresh air and views of nature to the healing body and mind. The advent of air conditioning and mass transition to automobiles after WWII, has transformed this typology to big boxes surrounded by parking lots. Today, as evidence-based design transforms health architecture from the inside out by focusing on the impact of environmental factors in healing, there is an emergent need to re-integrate these institutions into the walkable, mixed-use fabric of our cities and towns.The Health District session of the CNU Healthy Communities Summit brings together experts in medical planning, urbanism and public policy to discuss the latest trends in the application of good urbanism in healthcare planning, focusing on ways to balance the needs of health systems and communities. Through case studies, the panelists will explore design principles, planning processes and regulatory actions that can help hospitals grow in ways that ensure the health and wellness of their neighbors.


MAP and DIRECTIONS – THURSDAY SUMMIT KICK-OFF

The Thursday screening will be held on the Georgia Tech campus at the School of Architecture, Reinsch-Pierce Family Auditorium . Arriving by transit, biking or walking is strongly encouraged, as parking is limited.


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Walking/Transit: The School of Architecture is about a 20-minute walk from the Midtown MARTA Station and from the North Avenue MARTA Station. A shuttle bus runs regularly between the Midtown MARTA Station and the campus.

Driving: Click here for driving directions to the Georgia Tech School of Architecture. Arriving by transit, biking or walking is strongly encouraged, as parking is limited.

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MAP and DIRECTIONS – FRIDAY SUMMIT

The Friday Summit will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, Ellis Hall, 634 West Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA.


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Walking/Transit: The Church is across the street from the North Avenue MARTA Station.

Driving: Click here for driving directions and parking information. Arriving by transit, biking or walking is strongly encouraged, as parking is limited.

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