The Power of Smart Growth for Health: Using Health Impact Assessment and the Built Environment to Optimize Health

Los Angeles (February 8, 2007)- Discuss the fundamentals of Health Impact Assessment (HIA), provide examples of HIA from different aspects, all in the context of smart growth. In addition, work through a “rapid” HIA exercise that will give hands-on experience and the knowledge necessary to leave the room and conduct a prospective health analysis of a built project.

Learn more from:
* Moderator: Valerie Rogers, Program Manager, National Association of County and City Health Officials
* Brian Cole, Project Manager, Health Impact Assessment Group, UCLA School of Public Health
* Rajiv Bhatia, MD, MPH, Medical Director, San Francisco Department of Public Health, California
* Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH, Associate Director for Science, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
* Carrie Fesperman, American Planning Association
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
New Partners for SmartGrowth
Smart Growth Online