Linked up: Housing and Transportation and Health

February 28, 2011 at 5:46 pm Leave a comment

Coming up this month:

Announcing on behalf of the Health and Community Design Collaborative**…

HOUSING + TRANSPORTATION + HEALTH:  Making the Links – an interactive workshop.  MARCH 31, 2011

Please save the date – Registration information coming soon

Date & Time:  Thursday, March 31, 2011, 9am to 4pm.   No cost to participate and lunch is included.  Full-Day and Half-Day registration will be available.

Location:  To be announced.  (In Metro Vancouver)

The number of ‘affordable’ neighbourhoods and communities drops when the definition of affordability shifts from a focus on housing costs alone to one that includes housing and transportation costs.  What does this mean in the Lower Mainland?  What are the implications for energy, equity, health, etc.?  What can we collectively do about it?

Morning (9-12): Learn from keynote speaker Scott Bernstein (Centre for Neighbourhood Technology, Chicago) about economic, health, and environmental costs of housing + transportation, and implications for policy and action. Scott led the development of the Housing + Transportation affordability index that is applied to all US metropolitan areas.   A local panel of professionals in the areas of health, transportation and housing areas will bring a local and regional perspective to the issues.  Workshop participants will engage in a practical, lively and moderated dialogue.

Afternoon (1-4):  To create neighbourhoods with housing and transportation affordability we need multiple strategies and collaborative planning among government, various agencies, and sectors.  Learn about some tools and examples, from public health in particular, to help collaboration.  Meet new colleagues and allies.  Work on a group exercise to develop strategies for planning and partnerships that link housing + transportation + health.

Note:   Participants are eligible for PIBC continuing education credits.

**The Health & Community Design Collaborative is a new, growing and evolving group formed to support the development of healthy, low-carbon communities across the Lower Mainland. Includes Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health, Metro Vancouver, Translink, UBC Active Transportation Lab, various municipalities.


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