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Mon 11/14, 2022, 7:30pm
Town Hall Seattle and the Trust for Public Land present
Howard Frumkin, Nisha D. Botchwey, Andrew Dannenberg, and Ron Sims
How We Make Healthier Places

The first edition of Making Healthy Places offered a visionary and thoroughly researched treatment of the connections between constructed environments and human health. Since its publication over 10 years ago, the field of healthy community design has evolved significantly to address major societal problems, including health disparities, obesity, and climate change. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has upended how we live, work, learn, play, and travel.

In Making Healthy Places, Second Edition: Designing and Building for Well-Being, Equity, and Sustainability, planning and public health experts Nisha D. Botchwey, Andrew L. Dannenberg, and Howard Frumkin bring together scholars and practitioners from across the globe in fields ranging from public health, planning, and urban design, to sustainability, social work, and public policy. This updated and expanded edition explains how to design and build places that are beneficial to the physical, mental, and emotional health of humans, while also considering the health of the planet.

Drawing on the latest research, Making Healthy Places, Second Edition imparts a wealth of practical information on the role of the built environment in advancing major societal goals, such as health and well-being, equity, sustainability, and resilience. It also expands the treatment of some topics that received less attention a decade ago, such as the relationship of the built environment to equity and health disparities, climate change, resilience, new technology developments, and the evolving impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nisha D. Botchwey, PhD, MCRP, MPH is the Dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and the Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in Public Affairs. She previously served as Associate Professor in Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning, adjunct professor of Public Health in Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, and Associate Dean of Academic Programs at Georgia Tech Professional Education. She coauthored Health Impact Assessment in the United States and multiple peer reviewed publications.

Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is an affiliate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle. For the past decade, his research and teaching have focused on examining the health aspects of planning and designing our built environment including land use and transportation. He previously served as the team leader of the Healthy Community Design Initiative at the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta. He received an MD from Stanford University and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University and completed a family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH is Senior VP of the Trust for Public Land. He is also Professor Emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington School of Public Health, where he served as Dean from 2010-2016. From 2005 to 2010 he held leadership roles at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), and as Special Assistant to the CDC Director for Climate Change and Health. He is the author or co-author of over 300 scientific journal articles and chapters, and several books including Environmental Health: From Global to Local; and two recent books on Planetary Health.

Ron Sims is a civic volunteer active in health, education, environmental, and social equity issues. Sims serves as the chair of the Washington Health Benefit Exchange Board, and is also on the Board of Directors of the Washington Health Alliance. Previously, he served on the Board of Regents of Washington State University. Sims served as the Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from 2009-2011. He was appointed by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Born in Spokane, Washington, Sims is a graduate of Central Washington University, where he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in June of 2022.

Presented by Town Hall Seattle and the Trust for Public Land. 

This event is sponsored by The Boeing Company.

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