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Stakeholders across sectors are addressing the relationship between transportation and health. This page features links to information that highlights different perspectives on this topic.

Government Agencies and Initiatives:

Best of the Web - Urban and Regional Planning Organizations: It's a helpful resource for researching planning organizations on the Internet.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Recommendations for Transportation: This page highlights the CDC's specific recommendations for including the consideration of public health within transportation issues.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Health Design Initiative: CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative is part of the National Center for Environmental Health's Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services. The Initiative works to improve public health by:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Human Health Research: EPA's human health research is focused on improving scientific knowledge base and developing tools and methods to enable the Agency to identify and characterize human health impacts associated with environmental exposures.

FHWA's Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) website: CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary, holistic approach to the development of transportation projects. This page features information about the CSS process as well as a clearinghouse of resources to help practitioners learn and understand this approach to transportation design.

FHWA's Livability Initiative: FHWA's Livability Initiative is focused on improving the relationship between infrastructure and community needs, specifically to improve a community's 'livability,' to enhance the environmental sensitivity of roads and bridges and to help states explore multi-modal transportation options.

FHWA Office of Safety: The FHWA Office of Safety's mission is to reduce highway fatalities by making our roads safer through a data-driven, systematic approach and addressing all "4Es" of safety: engineering, education, enforcement, and emergency medical services.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities: Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities is focused on creating strong, sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation, and helping to build a clean energy economy.

Sustainable Communities: The Partnership for Sustainable Communities between HUD, EPA and DOT works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. The partnership agencies incorporate six principles of livability into federal funding programs, policies, and future legislative proposals.

Advocacy Organizations and Coalitions:

America Walks: America Walks is a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities.

Child Health Transportation Initiative: The Child Health Transportation Initiative (CHTI), a comprehensive research, public education and advocacy program, calls attention to the critical deficiencies of public transportation systems that preclude millions of lower-income children from accessing health care services.

National Complete Streets Coalition: National Complete Streets Coalition seeks to fundamentally transform the look, feel, and function of the roads and streets in our community, by changing the way most roads are planned, designed, and constructed. goal is to create streets that are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users

The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) - A national clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility for pedestrians (including transit users) and bicyclists. The PBIC serves anyone interested in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police enforcement, and the health community.

Urban Land Institute: The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Health Organizations:

American Public Health Association - Transportation Issues from a Public Health Perspective: This page from APHA's website provides information on the links between public health, equity and transportation.

US Department of Health and Human Services Active Living.

Planning Organizations:

American Planning Association (APA): The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in community planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change

Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (AMPO): AMPO is the transportation advocate for metropolitan regions and is committed to enhancing MPOs' abilities to improve metropolitan transportation systems.

National Association of Development Organization's (NADO) Transportation Resources: This page features NADO's series of resources for transportation professionals.

National Association of Regional Councils (NARC): NARC serves as the national voice for regionalism. NARC advocates for and provides services to its member councils of government (COGs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs).

Transportation Organizations

AASHTO: AASHTO is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association representing highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail, and water with the primary goal of fostering the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system.

Transportation Research Board (TRB): The mission of the Transportation Research Board is to provide leadership in transportation innovation and progress through research and information exchange, conducted within a setting that is objective, interdisciplinary, and multimodal.

TRB Health and Transportation Subcommittee: TRB's Health and Transportation Subcommittee is concerned with advancing research, education, and professional practice in health and transportation, and aims to improve understanding and evaluation of how transportation systems influence public health; maximize the health benefits of transportation systems and limit their adverse effects on travelers, neighbors, and vulnerable groups; and integrate transportation and health issues through planning, policy, engineering, design, interdisciplinary collaboration, and community participation.

Institute of Transportation Engineer's (ITE) Context Sensitive Solutions website: ITE's Context Sensitive Solution's (CSS) Web site was developed to help practitioners access the tools and information needed to help them use CSS principles in their work.

Updated: 7/23/2014
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