The program, which will be held at the American Public Health Association's annual meeting November 16 - 19 in San Francisco's Moscone Convention Center, will bring together scientists, public health officials and members of the general public for a series of scientific sessions and symposia on the relationship between community development and disease endpoints such as obesity and high blood pressure.
The Built Environment Institute is an organization developed by the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association to assist in the identification of planning, design and lifestyle choices that would promote healthy and sustainable living, and more human-focused growth. Identifying mechanisms by which the built environment adversely impacts health and identifying appropriate interventions that reduce or eliminate harmful health effects are core Institute objectives.
"This three-day program will give participants a chance to better understand the important issues related to measuring and modeling the health impact of the built environment, and to identify opportunities and challenges faced by architects, planners and developers in designing and building healthy and sustainable human-focused communities," said Neal Rosenblatt, M.S., epidemiologist and acting health program administrator with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, and chair of the Built Environment Institute.
Following a field trip on Sunday, November 16 to explore green design methods used in the construction of the San Francisco Main Libra
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