Designing Healthy Communities

Designing Healthy Communities

By: Stacy Sinclair (author), Richard J. Jackson (author)Hardback

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Designing Healthy Communities, the companion book to the acclaimed public television documentary, highlights how we design the built environment and its potential for addressing and preventing many of the nation's devastating childhood and adult health concerns. Dr. Richard Jackson looks at the root causes of our malaise and highlights healthy community designs achieved by planners, designers, and community leaders working together. Ultimately, Dr. Jackson encourages all of us to make the kinds of positive changes highlighted in this book. 2012 Nautilus Silver Award Winning Title in category of Social Change "In this book Dr. Jackson inhabits the frontier between public health and urban planning, offering us hopeful examples of innovative transformation, and ends with a prescription for individual action. This book is a must read for anyone who cares about how we shape the communities and the world that shapes us." Will Rogers, president and CEO, The Trust for Public Land "While debates continue over how to design cities to promote public health, this book highlights the profound health challenges that face urban residents and the ways in which certain aspects of the built environment are implicated in their etiology. Jackson then offers up a set of compelling cases showing how local activists are working to fight obesity, limit pollution exposure, reduce auto-dependence, rebuild economies, and promote community and sustainability. Every city planner and urban designer should read these cases and use them to inform their everyday practice." Jennifer Wolch, dean, College of Environmental Design, William W. Wurster Professor, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley "Dr. Jackson has written a thoughtful text that illustrates how and why building healthy communities is the right prescription for America." Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director, American Public Health Association Publisher Companion Web site: www.josseybass.com/go/jackson Additional media and content: http://dhc.mediapolicycenter.org/

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About Author

Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, is a pediatrician and professor and chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the School of Public Health at University of California, Los Angeles. He is former California State Health Officer and for nine years was the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta. Stacy Sinclair, EdD, is director of education for Media Policy Center in Santa Monica, California, which produced the documentary Designing Healthy Communities. She also is cofounder of EdExcellence Consulting, Inc.

Contents

Foreword vii Anthony Iton Preface ix The Author xvii Prologue: Why I Care About the Built Environment xix PART I. HEALTH AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: AN INTRODUCTION Chapter 1 What Does Love, or Caritas, Have to Do with the Built Environment? 3 We Love Our Families and Our Country, but Do We Really Love Ourselves? 4 For Love of Family 6 For Love of Community 7 For Love of Our Nation and the World 14 Chapter 2 What Is Health, and How Do We Measure It? 15 Personal Health 17 Public Health Policy 23 Environmental Health 28 Mental and Social Health 30 Chapter 3 Can the Built Environment Build Community? 35 Organic Places Are Healthy Places 36 Urban Centers 41 State and Nation 45 PART II. EXAMPLES OF CHANGE Chapter 4 From Monoculture to Human Culture: the Belmar district of Lakewood, Colorado 53 Symptoms 54 Diagnosis 60 Cure 62 Prevention 64 Chapter 5 Using New Urbanism Principles to Build Community: Prairie Crossing, Illinois 67 Symptoms 69 Diagnosis 70 Cure 73 Prevention 77 Chapter 6 Saving America s Downtowns and Local History Through the Political Process: Charleston, South Carolina 79 Symptoms 80 Diagnosis 82 Cure 86 Prevention 88 Chapter 7 Reinventing a Healthy City Through Community Leadership for Sustainability: Elgin, Illinois 91 Symptoms 92 Diagnosis 94 Cure 98 Prevention 104 Chapter 8 Ending Car Captivity: Boulder, Colorado 107 Symptoms 108 Diagnosis 110 Cure 115 Prevention 117 Chapter 9 Ports as Partners in Health: Oakland, California 119 Symptoms 120 Diagnosis 123 Cure 132 Prevention 135 Chapter 10 The City That Won t Give Up: Detroit, Michigan 139 Symptoms 140 Diagnosis 144 Cure (or at Least Treatment) 146 Prevention 155 PART III. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD Chapter 11 What s Happening in Your Community? 159 Determining the Health of Your Community 159 Conducting an Audit of Your Built Environment 166 Chapter 12 Who Are the Players? 175 Finding Your Stakeholders 178 Social Networking 187 Getting Everyone to Pull Together 188 Chapter 13 Create an Action Plan 189 Analyze the Symptoms 189 Determine the Diagnosis 194 Implement the Cure 195 Protect Through Prevention 206 Epilogue: Now It s Your Turn 207 Notes 213 Index 219

Product Details

  • publication date: 16/12/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781118033661
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781118033661
  • weight: 688
  • ISBN10: 1118033663

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