Role of State & Local Agencies in Promoting Healthy Communities

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Public health plays an important role in creating healthier communities. State and local health agencies, in particular, provide the necessary leadership to assist in the development and implementation of innovative and creative smart growth policies and environmental modifications.

Here are case studies and examples demonstrating the different approaches that state and local health agencies from around the country have taken to develop healthy communities and environments conducive to active lifestyles.
Public health issues to be discussed include chronic disease and injury prevention, health promotion and education, environmental health, senior services, school health, maternal and child health and others. Examples of successful, innovative partnership opportunities within these frameworks are provided.
Understand the skills and expertise within public health agencies, and how it can be used to benefit planners, transportation planners, developers, and other working to advance the smart growth movement.
Learn more from:
* Moderator: Stuart Berlow, MPP, MHSA, Director, Injury Prevention Policy Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
* Barbara Alberson, Chief, State and Local Injury Control Section, California Department of Health Services
* Eloise Gonzalez, MD, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Health Department, California
* Daniel Parker, Environmental Health Division, Florida Department of Health (NO SHOW)
About Smart Growth
Ten years ago, smart growth was a burgeoning concept- one that had gained footing in a few progressive places throughout the country. These days, smart growth plays an important role in communities across the nation. Smart Growth is about quality of life and the ability for all people to have access to decent livable communities. For some, this is inherent in their daily lives. For many others, especially those in the middle and lower classes, choices and options for safe and healthy living are few.
Whether the problem is the jobs/housing imbalance, increasing vehicle miles traveled, competition for localized tax base, open space preservation, or air and water quality, the importance of a regional model for smart growth planning is critical. Local governments and their neighbors need to find common ground through understanding the benefits of land use polices directed at making the regional healthier, this will in turn create more livable communities in localized neighborhoods.
About the 6th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy and Livable Communities (February 8-10, 2007)
The 2007 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Los Angeles, California, hosted record attendance of over 1,500 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). Audio CDs of the conference are also available. Nearly all of the conference sessions, plenaries, breakouts and workshops were audio recorded.
For more information, visit
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