Designing Healthy Communities Speaker Series

The Education and Outreach Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, along with 1000 Friends of Oregon, Oregon Environmental Council, and the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program, is proud to present the 2012 Healthy Communities Speaker Series with Dr. Richard J. Jackson.

Richard J. Jackson is Professor and Chair of Environmental Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to transportation, the built environment and health. He is host of a 2012 public television series Designing Healthy Communities which links to the J Wiley & Sons book by the same name published in October, 2011. He co-authored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places in 2011. He has served on many environmental and health boards, as well as the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects. Dr. Jackson is an advocate of safe routes to school, active transportation (walking and bicycling), and policies that give people more choices in how they get around. 

Dr. Jackson will discuss the link between our health and the way our communities — especially our suburbs — are designed. Obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are all aggravated by the auto-centric way we live our lives today. For the first time in two centuries, children today face shorter life expectancies than their parents due to unhealthy lifestyles.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Dr. Jackson will talk about how well designed communities and better transportation choices can enable physical activity and  improve both our physical and mental health.

For more information about Dr. Jackson and the Designing for Healthy Communities project, go to: http://designinghealthycommunities.org/.

Statewide sponsors of this event are the Education and Outreach Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Oregon Environmental Council, and the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program.

Dr. Jackson will be speaking around the state at the following locations:

  • Tuesday, June 19: Eugene, OR
    5:00 pm to 5:45 pm – Reception
    5:45 pm to 7:00 pm – Lecture and question and answer
    Eugene Public Library, Bascom-Tykeson Room
    100 W 10th Avenue Eugene, OR 97401
    For more information, contact Terri Harding, City of Eugene, (541) 682-5635
    Local sponsors are City of Eugene, Lane Coalition for Healthy Active Youth, and PeaceHealth
     
  • Wednesday, June 20: Roseburg, OR
    11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    Douglas County Library, 1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd, Roseburg, OR
    For more information, contact Burt Tate, Bicycle/Pedestrian Coalition (541) 670-6156
    Local sponsors are Mercy Medical Center, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, DCIPA, Physicians of Douglas County, Douglas County Public Health, Roseburg Bicycle/Pedestrian Coalition.
     
  • Wednesday, June 20: Medford, OR
    4:45 pm to 5:30 pm – Reception
    5:30 pm to 6:45 pm – Lecture and question and answer
    Medford Library
    205 South Central Avenue, Medford, OR 97501
    For more information, contact Nathan Broom, Rogue Valley Transportation District, (541) 608-2411
    Local sponsor is the Rogue Valley Transportation District.
     
  • Thursday, June 21: Bend, OR
    11:30 am to 1:30 pm
    St. Charles Center for Health and Learning
    2500 NE Neff Road Bend, Oregon 97701
    For more information, contact Karen Swirsky, Building a Better Bend at (541) 325-6927.
    Local sponsors are Building a Better Bend, City Club of Central Oregon, and Commute Options.
    Note: Registration for this luncheon is required. For registration information, go to http://cityclubco.com/.
  • Friday, June 22: Portland, OR
    Doors open and lunch service begins at 11:15am, Presentation 12:15pm-1:15pm
    City Club of Portland | Friday Forum
    Governor Hotel
    614 Southwest 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
    Note: City Club of Portland will handle registration for this event. No registration required for general admission tickets, which are free for City Club members and $5 for the general public at the door. Registration is required for lunch or coffee/tea tickets. Lunch tickets are $20 for City Club members and up to two guests; Coffee/tea tickets are $5 for City Club members and up to two guests. For registration and membership information, please visit the City Club website. Local sponsors are 1000 Friends of Oregon and Multnomah County Health Department.

For more information about the Healthy Speaker Series, contact Becky Steckler at (503) 889-6536, or becky.steckler@gmail.com. To get involved with the Education and Outreach Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, contact Angela Lazarean, Chair at (503) 373-0050 x286.

Other Oregon Events with Dr. Jackson

Congress for the New Urbanism-Cascadia and several partners are also hosting Dr. Jackson for a film screening and panel discussion at Metro on Monday evening, June 18. For more information on that event, click here.

Event Date: 
Tue, 06/19/2012 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm