Designing Healthy Communities / Edition 1

Designing Healthy Communities / Edition 1

by Richard J. Jackson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1118033663

ISBN-13: 9781118033661

Pub. Date: 10/25/2011

Publisher: Wiley

Designing Healthy Communities is Dr. Richard J. Jackson's call to action for all of us concerned with the health trends that are beginning to overwhelm the country. It is a companion book for the upcoming special PBS broadcast that describes how the design of the built environment impacts our health, with an additional emphasis on the inequities of social and

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Designing Healthy Communities is Dr. Richard J. Jackson's call to action for all of us concerned with the health trends that are beginning to overwhelm the country. It is a companion book for the upcoming special PBS broadcast that describes how the design of the built environment impacts our health, with an additional emphasis on the inequities of social and environmental justice. In this book, Dr. Jackson explores how the built environment has contributed to the fact that two-thirds of Americans are overweight, 70 million are obese and many suffer from an array of other chronic but preventable diseases. The book and series looks upstream at the root causes of our malaise, and highlights actionable best practices based on real people with real solutions. Public health has traditionally associated the built environment with issues such as poor sanitation, lead paint poisoning and children, workplace safety, fire codes and access for persons with disabilities. We now realize that how we design the built environment may hold tremendous potential for addressing—-and hopefully preventing—-many of the nation's current public health concerns. The Designing Healthy Communities book offers a new perspective on the topics covered in each episode while providing a roadmap and tools for readers to effect similar positive change in their own communities.Dr. Jackson is a vibrant public speaker, highly skilled at distilling ideas to a simple and understandable conversation. Unlike textbooks on the topic, this book seeks to feel more like a conversation between Dr. Jackson and the many people he has met along the road. Through stories and examples, he will encourage readers to consider their own experience and why taking initiative to make positive change in society is important.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118033661
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
293,251
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Anthony Iton

Preface ix

The Author xvii

Prologue: Why I Care About the Built Environment xix

PART I. HEALTH AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT: AN INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1 What Does Love, or Caritas, Have to Do with the Built Environment? 3

We Love Our Families and Our Country, but Do We Really Love Ourselves? 4

For Love of Family 6

For Love of Community 7

For Love of Our Nation and the World 14

Chapter 2 What Is Health, and How Do We Measure It? 15

Personal Health 17

Public Health Policy 23

Environmental Health 28

Mental and Social Health 30

Chapter 3 Can the Built Environment Build Community? 35

Organic Places Are Healthy Places 36

Urban Centers 41

State and Nation 45

PART II. EXAMPLES OF CHANGE

Chapter 4 From Monoculture to Human Culture: the Belmar district of Lakewood, Colorado 53

Symptoms 54

Diagnosis 60

Cure 62

Prevention 64

Chapter 5 Using New Urbanism Principles to Build Community: Prairie Crossing, Illinois 67

Symptoms 69

Diagnosis 70

Cure 73

Prevention 77

Chapter 6 Saving America’s Downtowns and Local History Through the Political Process: Charleston, South Carolina 79

Symptoms 80

Diagnosis 82

Cure 86

Prevention 88

Chapter 7 Reinventing a Healthy City Through Community Leadership for Sustainability: Elgin, Illinois 91

Symptoms 92

Diagnosis 94

Cure 98

Prevention 104

Chapter 8 Ending Car Captivity: Boulder, Colorado 107

Symptoms 108

Diagnosis 110

Cure 115

Prevention 117

Chapter 9 Ports as Partners in Health: Oakland, California 119

Symptoms 120

Diagnosis 123

Cure 132

Prevention 135

Chapter 10 The City That Won’t Give Up: Detroit, Michigan 139

Symptoms 140

Diagnosis 144

Cure (or at Least Treatment) 146

Prevention 155

PART III. BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD

Chapter 11 What’s Happening in Your Community? 159

Determining the Health of Your Community 159

Conducting an Audit of Your Built Environment 166

Chapter 12 Who Are the Players? 175

Finding Your Stakeholders 178

Social Networking 187

Getting Everyone to Pull Together 188

Chapter 13 Create an Action Plan 189

Analyze the Symptoms 189

Determine the Diagnosis 194

Implement the Cure 195

Protect Through Prevention 206

Epilogue: Now It’s Your Turn 207

Notes 213

Index 219

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