Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

The Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Project pro­duced its first Town Hall Meet­ing at WNET/Stu­dios on April 30, 2013 for broad­cast on three PBS tri-state sta­tions in May.

This first major com­mu­nity engage­ment activ­ity is derived from its four-hour pub­lic tele­vi­sion series, Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties, which is now being dis­trib­uted to sta­tions nationally.

The series, Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties, exam­ines the con­nec­tion between poor com­mu­nity design and bur­geon­ing health costs based upon key pub­lic health indices: obe­sity, dia­betes, heart, asthma, can­cer and depres­sion, a con­cept first researched by Dr. Richard Jack­son, a pediatrician-turned-public–health offi­cer. The New York panel dis­cus­sion will pick up the con­ver­sa­tion about the com­mon char­ac­ter­is­tics of unhealthy com­mu­ni­ties and how they can be changed with area experts.

Six­teen pan­elists, led by series host and nar­ra­tor Dr. Jack­son, dis­cuss a vari­ety of top­ics from the series, includ­ing: reliance on fos­sil fuel for nav­i­ga­tion; lim­ited walk­ing space; lack of access to green parks, trails, and gar­dens; pol­lu­tion and more. Dis­cus­sion also touches upon the impact of recent events– like Super­storm Sandy– on the health of local com­mu­ni­ties. The two-hour recorded dis­cus­sion is mod­er­ated by Mike Schnei­der, man­ag­ing edi­tor of NJTV’s week­night news pro­gram, NJ Today with Mike Schnei­der.

Read the DHC Press Release April 26, 2013 here.

For more infor­ma­tion or to learn how you can sched­ule a Town Hall Meet­ing in your com­mu­nity, please visit this page.

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Fun­ders and Underwriters

Major fund­ing for the Project has been pro­vided by The Kresge Foun­da­tion; addi­tional fund­ing by Cal Endow­ment, The Kel­logg Foun­da­tion, Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects, Gif­ford Foun­da­tion, Marisla Foun­da­tion, Kaiser Per­ma­nente, and the Robert Wood John­son Foundation.

The town hall pro­duc­tion is under­writ­ten by The Kresge Foun­da­tion, the Robert Wood John­son Foun­da­tion Spe­cial Con­tri­bu­tions Fund of the Prince­ton Area Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion, the Lau­rie M.  Tisch Illu­mi­na­tion Fund, and the Charles Evans Hughes Memo­r­ial Foun­da­tion, Inc.

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