Volume 1 | November 2018

The Right Path
Monthly Newsletter

Pursuing Healthy Mobility
Dual Membership
As an IPATH member, you are automatically a member of the Transport & Health Science Group (THSG) and access to a copy of Health on the Move 2. If you are not receiving emails from THSG or have not yet received a welcome letter as a new member, please contact Liz Davies, thsgchair@gmail.com

President's Message
Hello Folks;

It's hard to believe that 2018 is quickly drawing to a close along with year two since the inception of IPATH. In an effort to promote innovation and diversity, a few of our members will be fulfilling their two year limited term on the Board of Directors (BOD). If you're interested in becoming a voice of transport and health, please contact me at alalmasy@gmail.com. You must be an IPATH member to apply and to be considered for a seat on the BOD.

Other news to report is the work ongoing as a result of ICTH 2018-Mackinac Island. The Transportation Public Health Link (TPH Link), IPATH and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) are working in collaboration to create a Transport and Health Performance Metric Guidebook. This project deliverable is the result of three working sessions held during ICTH. 

The first day focused on current quantitative tools in practice, what’s missing and a feasible strategy to pulling the guidance together as a published deliverable. Teams met on day two of ICTH to determine the tools for inclusion, timeline and review the editorial process in preparation for the published document. During the final day of ICTH, teams held a debriefing of project deliverables.

To date, the team have had their first organizing conference call that was filed with a lot of creative energy and enthusiasm. Over the next couple of months, authors will be recruited to serve on chapter teams. If you're interested in being part of this dynamic project, please complete the SURVEY to indicate your preferences. The next conference bimonthly conference call is scheduled for December 11th. Please pass this opportunity on to others. All are welcome!

That's it for now. For those of you in the US and Canada, Happy Thanksgiving!!


Al Almasy
President, IPATH Board of Directors
Congratulations IPATH Board Vice President!
Institute Appoints Founding Fellows
The MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance has appointed Ahsan Habib, PhD, School of Planning , Department of Civil and Resource Engineering, as one of four Dalhousie University academics to serve as an Institute Founding Fellow. The Founding Fellows will play an important role in shaping the Institute’s agenda and profile, and ensuring it becomes the ‘go-to’ place for policy discussion and analysis, regionally and nationally. The two-year appointment will start July 2018 and will end in June 2020. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 

What a wonderful honor. We are so proud of you Ahsan!
In the News
Greater Washington Partnership Leverages Citilabs' Sugar Access to Measure Access to Essential Destinations
"Access to destinations has long been an important topic in city planning, but it has just recently become easier to quantify with tools like Sugar Access. Accessibility measurement simultaneously considers the why, where and the how of connecting, and provides the ability for land use and transportation planners to know what to change to optimize connectivity. If people have easy access to local destinations, they don’t have to travel greater distances, will more likely spend their money locally, and could even choose to walk. In this way, accessibility affects the number of vehicles on the road, time spent traveling, travel distances, the ability to travel by different modes, and even the quality and economic productivity of a place." Read the full story by clicking HERE.
Active People, Healthy Nation
Active People, Healthy Nation is a national initiative led by CDC to help 27 million Americans become more physically active by 2027. The goal of Active People, Healthy Nation is to achieve a major, sustained improvement in the physical activity levels of US youth and adults over the next decade. To meet our goal, we envision using a recognized public health strategy to improve population health through small shifts (or “pushes”) in the physical activity behavior of many people (allowing them to move forward one level of activity or to “level-up”). I am very pleased to let all of you know that this effort has now coalesced with the launch of a new Active People, Healthy Nation Website. These resources will be augmented and added to as the initiative expands and gains momentum.
In previous public health models, linkages and collaboration between sectors were encouraged, but not always well supported. New public health models emphasize that collaborations among partners need an efficient structure and support. To be successful, Active People, Healthy Nation will promote more extensive coordination and engagement among stakeholders at national, state, and community levels representing a variety of sectors (e.g.,transportation, community planning and design, neighborhood development, business, health care, public health) to maximize efficiency and leverage resources.
As a first step in this process, I am also very excited to announce a second key resource represented by three new sets of CDC grant recipients – at the state health department, university, and community-based organizations levels – all of whom largely share one overarching physical activity strategy:
Collaborate with partners to connect sidewalks, paths, bicycle routes, public transit (i.e. activity-friendly routes) with homes, early care and education, schools, work sites, parks, or recreation centers (i.e. everyday destinations) through implementing master plans, complete streets and zoning policies, and other land use interventions.
Information about these 62 new grant recipients is available at the following websites:
  • State Physical Activity and Nutrition Program (SPAN) - CDC funds 16 state recipients to implement evidence-based strategies at state and local levels to improve physical activity and nutrition.
  • High Obesity Program (HOP) - CDC funds 15 land grant universities to work with community extension services to increase access to safe and accessible places for physical activity and sources of healthier food in counties that have more than 40% of adults with obesity.
  • Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) - CDC funds 31 recipients to reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest burden of chronic disease (i.e., heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity) through culturally tailored interventions to address preventable risk behaviors (i.e., poor nutrition and physical inactivity).

Chris Kochtitzky, MSP
Senior Advisor, Physical Activity Translation and Evaluation Team
Physcal Activity and Health Branch
Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, CDC
Equity Education in a Comic Strip
"For many transportation professionals, social and racial equity can be a challenging issue to define and apply in practice. Thankfully, engineer/illustrator Ryan Martinson developed this 12-page comic, first published in a Canadian Institute for Transportation Engineers newsletter, to help professionals understand not only why equity in transportation matters, but how to address equity in their process and decisions." Source: Street Smart
Professional Growth

November 29th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific
Activity-friendly and walkable communities are designed in ways that make physical activity easier and more accessible for everyone. America Walks has seen the dedication, passion, and innovation in communities across the US as they work to improve transportation systems to become more active, healthy, and safe with activity-friendly connections to important places in the area that attract people, provide social interaction, and allow for participation in multiple activities. In alignment with the Center for Disease Control’s Connecting Routes + Destinations materials, this webinar will highlight work being done by three communities of various sizes who are working to create more activity-friendly connections for all.
MSc in Sustainable Urban Development - University of Oxford

CDC-NACDD Walkability Action Institutes (WAI): RFA application period is Monday, October 29, 2018 - Friday, December 14, 2018. Interested MPO, other regional planning organization such as an Area Agency on Aging (AAA) or a Rural Planning Organization (RPO), or a local public health agency interested in building a team with their regional planning organization to work on Walkability. Each team must have, at a minimum, representatives from public health, planning/transportation, and elected official representation.
Resource Center

Reference Materials
The ‘ Neuroscience for Cities Playbook’, a collaboration between Future Cities Catapult, Centric Lab and University College London, contains a set of tools, methodologies and strategies for practitioners to adapt neuroscience insights into their work. 

NACTO and the Better Bike Share Partnership release best practice guidance for engaging communities in mobility initiatives

STAR Community Rating System addresses: Transportation Choices; Compact and Complete Communities; and Active Living among other things.

Call for Abstracts & Papers
Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Call for presentation and session abstracts, 2019 ITE Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas, July 21-24, 2019. Submission Deadline November 27th

Transportation and Health in Latin America - Journal of Transport & Health

Transportation, Air Quality, and Health Symposium, February 18-20, 2019, in Austin, Texas.
A bstract submission deadline November 15th

Urban Transitions 2018 - Integrating urban and transport planning, environment and health for healthier urban living, 25 - 27 November 2018, Barcelona Spain

Transportation for America, Capital Ideas, December 5-6, 2018, Atlanta, Georgia

3rd Annual Smart Cities International Symposium & Exhibition, January 22-24, 2019, Chicago, Illinois

Active Living Conference, February 17-20, 2019, Charleston, South Carolina
Employment Opportunities
Public Health Organizer - Health impact Partners

Location: Arizona State University – Tempe Campus

Smart Growth is hiring! Click HERE to learn more.
  • Communications Associate
  • LOCUS Massachusetts Policy/Communications Fellow

Planetizen Great source of open positions!
GDPR Data Regulations
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on 25 May 2018. It is meant to unify data privacy requirements and increase transparency across the European Union (EU), however, we are implementing the policy to protect our international community of professionals.

GDPR requires that we make it clear to you how to unsubscribe to the IPATH newsletter and/or the ICTH emails you receive. In addition, we are required to provide a privacy policy stating that we will not do anything with your email address except send you IPATH/ICTH related newsletters and/or emails. To read our GDRP policy click HERE.

You have the option to unsubscribe from our list-serv by clicking on the link that is always available to you at the bottom of all IPATH/ICTH newsletters and emails. As a valued member of the transport and health community, we hope you will remain on the list-serv. GDRP Website
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