Core Capabilities for Local Health Department Involvement in Land Use and Transportation Policy Processes
Monday, August 21, 2017
1:00 PM EDT
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The UMass Prevention Research Center will present on their research to engage local health departments in built environment decision making at the local level to improve physical activity opportunity. Using an Expert Panel process they developed a set of capabilities for departments of varying resources and surveyed a sample of departments about their experiences with the capabilities as well as preferences for training and technical assistance.
PAPHS: 1.1, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.4, 3.6, 4.2, 4.3
Stephenie Lemon, PhD, and Karin Goins, MPH
University of Massachusetts Worcester Prevention Research Center
Stephenie Lemon is Professor of Medicine and Director of the UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She received her Ph.D. in epidemiology from Brown University in 2002 and for the past 15 years has been conducting applied public health and behavioral epidemiology research related to obesity prevention, physical activity and healthy eating. She has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on over 20 studies funded by the NIH and CDC and has authored over 100 peer reviewed publications. She has conducted studies in public health, community, clinical, worksite and school settings using community engaged approach that have developed and tested multi-level interventions that address contextual factors that influence health behaviors. She is a leader in the field of implementation science, focusing on approaches to addressing gaps in the translation of research to practice by developing and testing new approaches to implementing evidence-based practices, programs and policies in non-traditional settings.
Karin Valentine Goins, MPH, is a Project Coordinator at the UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center. She has a unique combination of training and experience in public health practice, research and community advocacy for active transportation. For nearly 20 years she has built connections at the state and local levels to understand and improve walking and bicycling conditions. She has often been the lone public health representative among transportation and land use officials and the sole member of a public health research team with practical understanding of how local land use and transportation processes shape the environment. She brings in professional and community voices to inform policy research and translate practitioner knowledge into more generalizable terms and, conversely, to disseminate findings to inform practice.
Since 2009 Dr. Lemon and Ms. Goins have collaborated on active transportation research as a funded site in the US CDC’s Physical Activity Policy Research Network.