May 23 2012
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Making Cities Livable Conference

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This week is the 49th International Making Cities Livable Conference, taking place this year in Portland, Ore., which will explore how cities can be built and re-shaped in a way that increases opportunities for residents to be active, social and healthy. This year's conference focuses on the theme of "Planning Healthy Communities for All," through inclusive design.

Between 350 and 400 delegates will convene in Portland, "consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States," to collaborate across the spectrum of fields that play a role in creating healthier communities, including elected officials, urban planners and designers, public health officials, architects, transportation planners, land use developers and more.

Some of the public health speakers on the docket include Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA, who recently pioneered a documentary series exploring the development of healthy communities; Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH, Professor at the School of Public Health at University of Washington, who will present on health impact assessments; and Lou Brewer RN, MPH, director of the Tarrant County Public Health department in Fort Worth, Texas, who will offer a local "how-to" guide on developing healthy planning policy.

If you couldn't make it to Portland this week, check out the Livable Cities blog, which has interesting articles such as:

>>Read more on building healthier cities.

Tags: Health Impact Assessment, Recommended Reading, Smart Growth