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Transportation and Public Health Forum

Downtown On the Go is joined by Transportation Choices Coalition and Coalition for Active Transportation to host this “Friday” Forum, now scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the UW Tacoma (rescheduled from Jan. 20). The forum will address the connection between public health and transportation and all of the momentum around this locally, in the legislature, and nationally.

Friday, Feb. 16, 2012, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
UW Tacoma, Carwein Auditorium
Register today at Transportation Choices Coalition.

Moderator: Victor Colman, Director of the Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition, a coalition of organizations working on improving our overall environment so our children live a healthy, active lifestyle.

Representative Andy Billig from the 3rd Legislative District in Spokane: Andy is a tireless advocate for active transportation in the Legislature. He will take a break form the busy legislative session to discuss efforts to incorporate health into transportation planning and spending at the state level.

Julia Walton Urban Planner and founder of Inova Planning: Julia will discuss the national and regional movement building around addressing health in transportation and land use planning. An experienced planner with a long resume of local and regional projects, Julia will also dive into some specifics of how planners, public health professionals, and public health advocates alike can put some of these great ideas into practice on the ground.

Kirsten Frandsen Prevention Program Coordinator at Tacoma-Pierce Health Department: Kirsten is in charge of the healthy communities of Pierce Counties effort at the health department. The health department recently received a grant from the Center for Disease Control to reduce chronic disease and obesity in Pierce County. A large portion of this grant will go towards promoting active transportation at the policy level in jurisdictions across Pierce County. Kirsten will give us the details of the health departments exciting work in this ever emerging realm.

As always there will be able time for discussion and questions.

This is a public event. UWT Tacoma is located near numerous bus routes and Tacoma Link Light Rail.

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