We Are What We Build – Building for HealthOctober 29, 2013 3 comments Print Article
The American Institute of Architects is enthusiastic to partner with the American Lung Association for an upcoming community event. Noted physician, professor and author Dr. Richard Jackson will present a lecture entitled “We Are What We Build – Building for Health.” The event will be held November 7, 2013 at the WJCT studio in downtown Jacksonville.
Richard J. Jackson’s research and advocacy has contributed extensively in environmental health, particularly relating to children. He worked to reduce pesticide threats in California, and has expertise in epidemiology, infectious disease and toxicology. Dr. Jackson chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health, received the Sedgwick Memorial Medal, and was elected to the Institute of the National Academy of Sciences.
His work over the decades has focused on how the ‘built environment’ affects health. Currently, Dr. Jackson has been working on policy analyses of environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burdens, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture.
Dr. Jackson argues that “any place where we can cool the air, we can improve health.” Ozone levels rise as ground-level heat indicators rise, which is a leading cause of asthma, a chronic disease that impacts inner-cities at a greater number. He also believes “we need to invest more in public transit and biking” since cars are great contributors of ozone.
About Designing Healthy Communities
Public health has traditionally associated the “built environment” with issues such as poor sanitation, lead paint poisoning children, workplace safety, fire codes and access for persons with disabilities. If we are what we eat, it can also be said that we are what we build. We now realize that how we design the built environment may hold tremendous potential for addressing many of the nation’s – childhood and adult — current public health concerns. These include obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, depression, violence and social inequities.
Almost everything in our built environment is the way it is because someone designed it that way. The project’s goal is to offer best practice models to improve our nation’s public health by re-designing and restoring our built environment.”Our country faces grave challenges in environment, economy and health. The banquet is over. “Easy oil” has disappeared, so too other resources are being depleted. And global heating increasingly will threaten human and species survival worldwide. Economies built on ever increasing consumption have contracted and secure incomes are unlikely to be available to working people for a long time, if ever. And our medical care costs will continue to escalate for reasons of technology and population aging, but particularly as the tripling of obesity and doubling of diabetes rates show their health and cost effects.
About Dr. Richard J. Jackson
Richard J. Jackson has done extensive work in the impact of the environment on health, particularly relating to children. Dr. Jackson chaired the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Environmental Health. He worked to reduce pesticide threats in California, and has expertise in epidemiology, infectious diseases, toxicology and leadership. Over the past decade much of his work has focused on how the ‘built environment’ affects health. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects and has written and spoken extensively in the above areas. He is an elected honorary member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. Currently, Dr. Jackson has been working on policy analyses of environmental impacts on health ranging from toxicology, chemical body burdens, terrorism, sustainability, climate change, urban design and architecture. He has received the highest honor of the American Public Health Association, the Sedgwick Memorial Medal. In 2011 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
While in California he helped establish the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program and state and national laws to reduce risks from pesticides, especially to farm workers and to children. He served in the highest California Public Health position where he advanced the state’s disease preparedness efforts and public health effort to reverse the obesity epidemic. He was instrumental in the re-creation of the California Department of Public Health, separated from the insurance functions from the former Department of Health Services.
Dr. Jackson served 15 years at the CDC where he established the National Asthma Epidemiology and Control Program and advanced the childhood lead poisoning prevention program. He instituted the current federal effort to “biomonitor” chemical levels in the US population. He was the US lead under several US government efforts around health and environment in Russia, including radiation threats. In the late 1990s he was the CDC leader in establishing the US National Pharmaceutical Stockpile to prepare for terrorism and other disasters—which was activated on September 11, 2001.
In 2006 he received the Breast Cancer Fund’s Hero Award, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Public Health Law Association, and the New Partners for Smart Growth. Dick Jackson lectures and speaks on many issues, particularly those related to the built environment and health. At the UC Berkeley 2007 Commencement, the School of Public Health graduate students recognized him as the Distinguished Teacher and Mentor of the Year. He coauthored two Island Press Books: Urban Sprawl and Public Health in 2004 and Making Healthy Places published in August 2011. He hosts a 2012 public television special Designing Healthy Communities which links to a separate book by the same name published by J Wiley & Sons in October 2011.
This is a link to a TV interview for more information too: http://search.yahoo.com/search?fr=chr-greentree_gc&ei=utf-8&ilc=12&type=198484&p=dr.+richard+jackson
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