Improving Transportation = Improving Health
Transportation is one of the chief economic and social factors that can influence people’s health and the health of a community. Although health costs associated with auto accidents, air pollution, and physical inactivity add up to billions of dollars each year, health is not typically considered in transportation policy and planning.
- A New PublicHealth blog post interviews Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on how the National Prevention Strategy and Action Plan can create a healthier nation.
- A new infographic explores the connection between transportation and health.
- An RWJF two-page brief finds that increasing transportation options, such as those that promote walking, biking, and use of public transit, can help improve public health.
- A NewPublicHealth interview with David Fleming, MD, MPH, public health director of Seattle and King County, about how transportation innovation is affecting health and prosperity in his community.