Crossroads: The Built Environment, Health and the New York State Prevention Agenda

Originally presented on November 20, 2014

Nathan Graber, MD, MPH
Director, Center for Environmental Health
NYS Department of Health

Karen Derusha, Principal Public Health Educator
Clinton County Health Department
Health Planning and Promotion Division

It is becoming more and more evident that how the ‘built environment’ is designed and maintained can affect human health.  The built environment includes homes, schools, workplaces, public and commercial buildings, transit systems, multi-use trails, roadways streetscapes and parks.  Many health outcomes can be influenced by the built environment, including: heart disease, hypertension, stroke, Type-2 diabetes, asthma attacks, and injuries/falls.  The New York State Department of Health highlighted the importance of the built environment in its 2013-2017 Prevention Agenda and identified several goals, objectives and interventions to the built environment to protect/enhance the health of New Yorkers.

This webcast will describe the built environment goals in the New York State Prevention Agenda, how the built environment can affect health, and introduce some ways of assessing and changing the built environment.  The webcast will highlight how Clinton County in New York State is implementing strategies to change the built environment to improve population based health outcomes.

Program Objectives:
After watching this webcast participants will be able to:

  • Identify the ways the built environment can impact health
  • Name the NYS prevention agenda priorities for improving health via the built environment
  • Describe several strategies of health-based organizations for effecting change in the built environment

The planners, moderator, and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Continuing Medical Education Credits are offered until November 30, 2017.

Continuing Nurse Education Contact Hours

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1 nursing contact hour(s).

Nursing Contact Hours are offered until November 30, 2017.

Certified Health Education Specialist Contact Hours

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 0.

Continuing Education Contact Hours are offered until November 30, 2017.