Transportation and Public Health

The State of the Science

Center for Transportation and the Environment

Public health concerns related to transportation reflect a broad range of issues, including pedestrian and motorist safety, hazardous materials remediation, and human health and physical fitness. While the body of scientific knowledge about the relationship between transportation and public health is growing, there is still much to learn regarding the criteria that determine when a transportation factor graduates from an "association" to a "causation" of health effects, as well as to what extent human behavior influences transportation choices affecting health and physical fitness (and vice versa). More dialogue is needed to help decision makers identify the best available science to inform current policy decisions and best management practices. This broadcast will feature representatives from federal and state transportation agencies as well as researchers from universities and the Centers for Disease Control to discuss the current state of the science and future research needs with regard to transportation and public health issues.

David Belluck, Ph.D., Senior Transportation Toxicologist, Federal Highway Administration Headquarters (Washington, DC)

Michael Savonis, Team Leader, Air Quality Team, Office of Natural and Human Environment, FHWA Headquarters (Washington, DC)
Daniel Wartenberg, Ph.D., Director, Division of Environmental Epidemiology, Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Piscataway, NJ)
Candace Rutt, Ph.D., National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta, GA)
John Sampson, Director, Environmental Analysis and Compliance Section, Minnesota Department of Transportation (St. Paul, MN)
Harrison Rue, Executive Director, Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (Charlottesville, VA)
Richard Bell, Project Officer, Active Living By Design, UNC School of Public Health (Chapel Hill, NC)

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