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