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Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy

2013 Webinar Series

Improving the Health of Communities through the National Prevention Strategy
Presented by Region VIII Federal Partners
Designing Healthy Communities


This session examines how homes and community design can promote inclusiveness for all populations.
Understanding risks and impacts of municipal planning, including those that can affect health, helps to ensure
that land use and transportation decisions result in positive and equitable health outcomes.
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, MT (4:00-5:30 p.m. ET)
2:00 – 2:05 Welcome and Adobe Connect logistics
Speakers: Cherri Pruitt, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services HRSA Region VIII Maternal and Child Health
Consultant and Shayne Brady, Community Planning and Development Representative, Region VIII Department of
Housing and Urban Development
2:05 – 2:15 What IS the National Prevention Strategy?
Speaker: RADM Zachary Taylor, MD, MS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Region VIII, U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
Speaker: Dr. Zachary Taylor is the Regional Health Administrator for Region VIII. Dr. Taylor has served in the Indian
Health Service, the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (now AHRQ), the Agency for Toxic Substances and
Disease Registry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Taylor has numerous peer reviewed
publications, book chapters, guidelines, and government publications. He is board certified in Preventive Medicine.
2:15 – 2:30 Redevelopment and Renewal
The Mariposa Healthy Living Initiative is an example of a living implementation tool for designers, developers, and
practitioners to understand how redevelopment actions can change the quality of life for residents. The Initiative uses a
responsive and rigorous approach to address environmental and social determinants of health, which include Healthy
Housing, Environmental Stewardship, Sustainable and Safe Transportation, Social Cohesion, Public Infrastructure, and
Healthy Economy.
Speaker: Lynne Picard, Senior Resident & Community Services Manager, Denver Housing Authority. Ms. Picard has
worked in affordable housing and community development at the Denver Housing Authority since 1992. As an integral
part of the DHA team which redeveloped Denver’s Curtis Park and Park Avenue West communities, Ms. Picard has
extensive experience working to create a community design process.
2:30 – 2:45 Building Healthy Sustainable Tribal Communities
The Oglala Lakota Nation spans a large rural part of South Dakota. Through a Regional Planning grant, the Nation has
recently completed a regional plan to sustain its natural environment while planning a course to improve the Nation’s
built environments such as housing, transportation, places of education, commerce and health. The Plan is unique in
that it highlights that the qualitative wellbeing of an individual is important to the social fabric of the community. The
Plan lays out the course for elevating cultural awareness, and addressing social illnesses through mental and physical
health strategies. The Oglala Lakota people believe that the best days of our nation are in front of us and not behind us.
Speaker: Nick Tilsen is the Executive Director at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation. His past
experience includes working as the Community Development Specialist at Rural Community Innovations, serving as the
Executive Director of the Lakota Action Network, and Project Coordinator of the at Lakota Express
2:45 – 3:00 The Role of Public Transportation in Healthy Communities
Sun Valley Neighborhood is one of Denver’s oldest and least prosperous neighborhoods with a vast majority of residents
relying on public assistance for basic needs. The neighborhood is a recent beneficiary of a new light rail transit corridor
between Denver and western suburbs. City of Denver was awarded dual HUD and FTA grants to plan for the
transformation that will occur in and around this neighborhood to support increased engagement of the residents to
build a more livable and self-sustaining place community.
Speaker: Steven Chester is a City Planner with Denver’s Department of Community Planning and Development where he
has worked on the City’s HUD/DOT Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and helped update the City’s Transit
Oriented Development Strategic Plan. Prior to working with the City and County of Denver, Steven worked with the TOD
Group at RTD, and was a Residential Green Building Consultant for Davis Energy Group in Davis, CA. Steven has a
Masters of Urban and Regional Planning focusing on Urban Place Making and Transportation Planning from University of
3:00-3:15 Designing an Active Built Environment
The HUD and DOT Main Streets Initiative brings public agencies, nonprofits, foundation and private resources together
to enhance the health, safety and development for communities. This presentation will highlight how Rifle, Colorado -one of four small rural communities awarded a Sustainable Main Streets Initiative grant – has adopted sustainability
principles based on the Federal Partnership principles and affirmed it values of economic prosperity, healthy
communities and conservation and protection of natural places.
Speaker: Nathan Lindquist, Planner at City of Rifle. Nathan is originally from western North Carolina and has a Master’s
in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
3:15-3:30 Question and Answer and additional resources
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Continuing education credits from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for this activity is pending.


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