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Webinar: Walkability Action Institute – National Physical Activity Society missionNational Physical Activity Society

Webinar: Walkability Action Institute

NACDD’s Walkability Action Institute
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Description and Speakers
The National Physical Activity Society served as a founding partner on the development of the Walkability Action Institute. As we near this year’s application period, we bring you data from past WAIs, along with what to expect if your community is interested in applying.
NACDD’s Walkability Lead Karma Harris and CDC DNPAO’s Chris Kochtitzky will provide a detailed overview of the Walkability Action Institute (WAI) project. This overview will include the sharing of successes from WAI alumni teams from across the country and detailing the upcoming request for funding assistance (RFA) application period, eligibility requirements, and process for this year’s interested applicants. Attendees will also learn how this effort connects to national CDC priorities, such as Active People Healthy Nation and Activity Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations. Be sure to listen in for details on how to join our nationwide effort!
Karma Harris is a public health consultant with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) and serves as both the Healthy Communities and Walkability Lead. With these roles, she leads the Walkability Action Institute and the Reaching People with Disabilities through Healthy Communities projects and assists with the Building Healthy Military Communities project for NACDD. With each of these projects, she works with a collective total of 66 local, regional, and state project participants. She especially enjoys the overlap between physical activity, active transportation, built design, and disability inclusion and holds the general belief that when communities are built for everyone, no one gets left out.
Previously, Mrs. Harris was involved with the CDC’s Healthy Communities Action Communities for Health, Innovation, and EnVironmental changE (ACHIEVE) Program from 2008-2012, both as a funded community\ and as a national technical assistance provider to NACDD’s 48 communities nationwide. She provided capacity-building assistance, expertise and leadership to communities in the establishment of PSE changes for physical activity, healthy nutrition, and tobacco strategic areas. Her tenure in chronic disease prevention and leadership is marked by 10 years of local and regional public health experience in the state of North Carolina, where she served in administrative leadership positions to develop and manage community health educators, WIC nutritionists, and broad community health efforts. When she is not working, one may often find her swimming, biking, running, and competing in the fun sport of triathlon.
Chris Kochtitzky is Senior Advisor in CDC’s Physical Activity and Health Program.
Chris’s personal areas of research interest have included health policy analysis, environmental public health law, environmental health services, and vulnerable sub-populations. Most recently, he has focused on analyzing the impacts of local community design and built environment choices on public health areas such as physical activity, environmental health, disability-related accessibility, aging-in-place, and injury prevention.
Chris has held several CDC leadership roles, including Deputy Director of the Division of Human Development and Disability and Deputy Associate Director of the National Center for Environmental Health’s (NCEH) Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Legislation. He has also served as coordinating lead for cross-agency work in healthy communities, healthy transportation, and healthy homes. Chris is a member of the American Planning Association, the American Public Health Association, and the National Environmental Health Association.
He has authored several book chapters, as well as journal articles in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly ReportAmerican Journal of Public Health, Preventing Chronic DiseaseJournal of Public Health Management and Practice, and others. He holds an MS in Urban and Regional Planning and is also adjunct faculty in Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.

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