|From:||"Scott Sudweeks" <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||03 Apr 1998 09:44:23|
|Subject:||Conference and Call for Abstracts|
I thought that this conference might be of interest to members of the brownfields group. Scott Sudweeks NH Department of Health and Human Services Concord, NH ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hunter College Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, New York City Departments of Health, Environmental Protection and City Planning and Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment present: Meeting the Urban Health Challenge: A Joint Public Health and Urban Planning Agenda A Two-Day Conference on the Nexus Between Public Health and Urban Planning September 18 & 19, 1998, New York City CONFERENCE AND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Conference Description: The disciplines of public health and urban planning emerged around the need to understand and prevent urban outbreaks of infectious disease. Interventions that focused on overcrowding, sanitation and vector identification effectively controlled illnesses such as cholera and typhus, allowing the disciplines to develop along divergent paths. Today there is little professional or academic overlap between the fields of public health and urban planning. But the health, environmental and development problems facing urban residents often cannot adequately be assessed or addressed through traditional approaches. Modern public health practitioners need to understand how building regulations, land-use limitations, zoning and other urban planning strategies affect public health. This appreciation is important in combating health problems related to conditions of housing and proximity to polluters. Urban planners need similarly to understand the basis of public health decision-making. The fundamental assumptions behind zoning -- the most basic city planning tool that separates incompatible land uses to protect public health -- may no longer reflect what is known today about sensitive populations, chemical hazards and risks from both low-level and cumulative exposures. Meeting the urban health challenge depends on reuniting public health and urban planning in the academy, in the professional arena, in community development, and in government. The goal of the conference is to establish a dialogue between public health and urban planning. The conference will explore and create links between the disciplines that will help practitioners make more appropriate policy decisions, enable universities to better educate professionals, and provide community members with greater opportunities for participation in health and planning decision-making. Papers Topics: On the first day of the conference, papers will be presented on the nexus of public health, urban planning and the urban environment. We invite investigators, practitioners and community members to submit abstracts. Conference organizers plan to publish accepted papers in conference proceedings and in special issues of professional journals. Proceedings will include copies of oral presentations, and papers submitted for publication, but not for presentation. Submissions for both oral presentations and publications will be peer reviewed. To encourage the greatest possible creativity and range of ideas, abstracts will be accepted on topics related, but not limited to, the following sessions: 1. Social and equity issues related to both urban health and planning; 2. Relationships between existing and planned transportation systems and public health; 3. Tools and approaches for understanding and assessing cumulative impacts of urban environmental exposures; 4. Community roles in combining and integrating planning and health promotion; 5. Place-based approaches to planning and environmental protection. Content: We are interested in abstracts that describe, explore and analyze problems of urban life as they relate to planning, environment and health. We invite abstracts that offer case studies in inter-disciplinary, cross-agency or regional approaches that address or explore key urban health and planning concerns. Analyses that describe and critique the interactions among health, environment, social, land use and economic development issues are encouraged. Papers could analyze the effectiveness of policies, structures, agencies, regulatory frameworks, or other systems in integrating urban planning, environmental and health concerns. Authors are encouraged to consider what changes are necessary to improve the situation or alleviate the problem and what/who are the institutions, actors and strategies that can bring about such changes. Submissions: Abstracts are short descriptions of the content of papers and presentations that include identification of the topic/problem, experience/findings and recommendations. Submissions must fit one 8.5 by 11 inch page with a font not smaller than 12 characters per inch. Submissions must follow this format: (1) Title, (2) Author(s) (first and last name, with degrees), (3) Affiliation(s), (4) Address, telephone, fax and e-mail, (5) Abstract, (6) Specify format: oral presentation with publication, or publication only. Deadlines: Deadline for submission: May 1, 1998 Notification of acceptance:May 29, 1998 Submission of full paper: July 17, 1998 Conference: September 18 & 19, 1998 Submissions must be in electronic format by e-mail, sent by mail, on a diskette, in a format readable by PC-compatible word processing programs. Plain paper submissions by mail or fax will not be considered. Mail submissions to: Hunter College COEH Conference Abstracts 425 E. 25th Street, Box 621 New York, NY 10010 Or e-mail submissions to: email@example.com. For additional information, please call Sarah Perl, MPH at (212) 481-8790.
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