Health Equity, Environmental Justice and the Built Environment

Washington, DC (February 8, 2008)- Where we live and the condition of our communities can be a major factor on how we feel and act. Life becomes a daily challenge for communities facing the overwhelming burdens of economic, racial and social inequality. The results increasing health and safety risks, health disparities, air and water pollution, poor quality housing, unstable neighborhoods, unsustainable ecosystems, and poor quality of life.

The issues of health equity, and environmental justice have been largely ignored when exploring the links between health and the built environment–housing. Existing health disparities should be a key consideration when creating and sustaining healthy living environments and good quality of life.
During this interactive session, the presenter(s) will focus will be on a range of planning and public health interventions or environmental standards that may help to eliminate disparities. The presenter(s) will also provide a case example and engage attendees/participants to develop practical solutions to address concerns.
Robert Glandon, Ph.D., NACCHO Community Design Partnership Workgroup
Valerie Rogers, National Association of County and City Health Officials
Ngozi T. Oleru, Ph.D., Division Director, Environmental Public Health Division, Public Health Seattle & King County
About New Partners for Smart GrowthThe 2008 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Washington, DC, hosted attendance of more than 1300 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC), with support from a very impressive and multi-disciplinary group of partners and sponsoring organizations, agencies and companies.
Related Resources:
7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities