May 12, 2021 @ 11am - 12:30pm PT
Speaker: Eric Fox, Senior Planner, Urban Design 4 Health (UD4H)
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Title: Integrating Health into Scenario Planning for Transportation & Land Use Applications
Abstract: This webinar will showcase the results of two unique projects in North America developed by Urban Design 4 Health. These projects integrate physical activity and chronic diseases health outcomes with scenario planning tools, allowing for the estimation of current conditions and forecast future conditions based on future change scenarios. The first was developed through a partnership with Toronto Public Health, on behalf of Healthy Canada by Design and the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer-initiated Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention, to study the redevelopment of the formerly industrial West Don Lands area near Downtown Toronto. The second highlights the implementation of a health equity study as part of a Regional Transportation Plan development process with the San Joaquin Council of Governments in metropolitan Stockton, California.
Eric Fox, Senior Planner, Urban Design 4 Health (UD4H)
Eric is a Senior Planner with Urban Design 4 Health (UD4H), where he is responsible for managing the development of methods, tools, and evidence to support health-informed transportation and land-use decisions. Eric was integral to the development and application of a health module add-on for scenario planning tools to measure the health implications of transportation and land use infrastructure investments for Toronto Public Health. Recently, he also led a health equity study to integrate health considerations into regional transportation planning using the National Public Health Assessment Model for the San Joaquin Council of Governments in California’s Central Valley.
Eric has published several peer-reviewed articles showcasing UD4H’s wide breadth in health and built environment research in journals such as the Journal of Transport & Health, Social Science & Medicine, and the International Journal of Health Geographics. Previously he worked as a Research Associate for the Health & Community Design Lab at the School of Population & Public Health at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Eric holds a master’s degree in Transportation & Land Use Planning from UBC and a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a focus in Spatial Information Science from Simon Fraser University.