Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

The Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Project pro­duced its first Town Hall Meet­ing at WNET/Stu­dios on April 30, 2013 for broad­cast on three PBS tri-state sta­tions in May. This first major com­mu­nity engage­ment activ­ity is derived from its four-hour pub­lic tele­vi­sion series, Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties, which is now being dis­trib­uted to sta­tions nationally. The series, Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties, exam­ines the con­nec­tion between poor com­mu­nity design and bur­geon­ing health costs based upon key pub­lic health indices: obe­sity, dia­betes, heart, asthma, can­cer and depres­sion, a con­cept first researched by Dr. Richard […]

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Designing Healthy Communities promotional video

Dr. Richard Jackson explains the link between our health and the way our communities — especially our suburbs — are designed. Obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are all aggravated by the auto-centric way we live our lives today. It’s no secret that today’s generation of children are likely to have shorter lives than their parents because of their unhealthy lifestyles.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Well-designed communities can improve both physical and mental health, as Dr. Jackson […]

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Episode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia

  Dr. Richard Jackson MD MPH, investigates the link between our nation’s obesity and Type 2 Diabetes epidemic with urban sprawl fueled by car dependency. To prevent disease through better urban planning, Boulder, CO redesigns the city to make bicycles a safe alternative transportation. Related Topics or Episodes:Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 2: Rebuilding Places of the HeartEpisode 3: Social Policy in ConcreteEpisode 4: Searching for Shangri LaDesigning Healthy Communities […]

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Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the Heart

  Parents and children under seige.  When U.S. industry and manufacturing collapsed or went elsewhere, cities like Elgin, IL, and Syracuse, NY, (like many communities in the United States) were left with the task of redefining themselves for a new paradigm.  Leading the way to a greener, more sustainable Elgin is a group of high school students.  Related Topics or Episodes:Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia Episode 3: […]

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Episode 3: Social Policy in Concrete

  Dr. Jackson believes it is every citizen’s right to live in a clean, healthy environment. This isn’t the case for many low-income neighborhoods, built near big transportation hubs and struggling industrial cities like Oakland, CA and Detroit, MI.  We meet a morbidly obese grandmother struggling to raise seven grandchildren, all of whom have asthma as a result of living near the Port of Oakland.  The city of Detroit resembles an abandoned war zone. Yet, hope blossoms in both. Related […]

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Episode 4: Searching for Shangri La

  Dr. Jackson searches past and present America for healthy, sustainable communities of all sizes and shapes that can serve as models for the rest of the nation. His journey takes him to Roseto, PA, Prairie Crossing, IL, New York City, Charleston, SC, and the forgotten 1960s urban renewal project of Lafayette Park in Detroit, MI, the brainchild of 4 men, including visionary architect, Mies van der Rohe. Related Topics or Episodes:Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities […]

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Now showing on PBS public television stations throughout the United States:
A provocative new 4-hour series, "Designing Healthy Communities." Host/Narrator Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, looks at the impact our built environment has on key public health indices – obesity, diabetes, heart disease, asthma, cancer and depression. Dr. Jackson connects bad community design with burgeoning health costs, then analyzes and illustrates what citizens are doing about this urgent crisis by looking upstream for innovative solutions.

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    Dr. Richard Jackson of Designing Healthy Communities wrote a letter to the Mayor and city council of Beverly Hills regarding the importance of incorporating safe bicycle routes into the reconstruction of Santa Monica Boulevard to help promote and encourage safe cycling as a means of transportation for Angelenos.  Related Topics or Episodes:No Related Posts

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  • Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

    Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

    The Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Project pro­duced its first Town Hall Meet­ing at WNET/Stu­dios on April 30, 2013 for broad­cast on three PBS tri-state sta­tions in May. This first major com­mu­nity engage­ment activ­ity is derived from its four-hour pub­lic tele­vi­sion series, Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties, which is now being dis­trib­uted to sta­tions nationally. The series, Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties, exam­ines the con­nec­tion between poor com­mu­nity design and bur­geon­ing health costs based upon key pub­lic health indices: obe­sity, dia­betes, heart, asthma, can­cer and depres­sion, a con­cept first researched by Dr. Richard […]

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  • *New* For Purchase! Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

    *New* For Purchase! Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

    Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting is now available for purchase in our shop! Related Topics or Episodes:Learn more about Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the HeartEpisode 3: Social Policy in ConcreteEpisode 4: Searching for Shangri LaDesigning Healthy Communities – Companion Book

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  • Highlights from DHC: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

    Highlights from DHC: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

    Highlights from Designing Healthy Communities: A Town Hall Meeting with host Mike Schneider     Highlights from DHC: A NYC Town Hall Meeting Video   Related Topics or Episodes:*New* For Purchase! Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDHC: A NYC Town Hall Meeting Promo VideoDesigning Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall MeetingDesigning Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the HeartEpisode 3: Social Policy in Concrete

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  • DHC: A NYC Town Hall Meeting Promo Video

    DHC: A NYC Town Hall Meeting Promo Video

    Watch the promotional video here! The Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Project pro­duced its first Town Hall Meet­ing at WNETStu­dios on April 30, 2013 for broad­cast on three PBS tri-state sta­tions in May 2013. This first major com­mu­nity engage­ment activ­ity is derived from its four-hour pub­lic tele­vi­sion series, Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties, which is now being dis­trib­uted to sta­tions nationally. Read the DHC Press Release April 26, 2013 here. For more infor­ma­tion or to learn how you can sched­ule a Town Hall Meet­ing in your com­mu­nity, please visit this page. Related Topics […]

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  • Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

    Designing Healthy Communities: A NYC Town Hall Meeting

    Station Listings for Designing Healthy Communities Currently Scheduled Broadcasts If you don’t see your city listed, contact your PBS station immediately and ask them to schedule Designing Healthy Communities. As always, check local listings as station schedules may change. THIRTEEN Episode 1: Saturday May 4 at 1:00 PM Episode 2: Saturday May 11 at 1:00 PM Episode 3: Saturday May 18 at 1:00 PM and 2:00 PM Episode 4 with the 2 hour Town Hall: Saturday May 25 at 1:00PM NJTV Episode 1: Sunday […]

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  • Designing Healthy Communities’ first Town Hall Meeting on April 30, 2013

    Designing Healthy Communities’ first Town Hall Meeting on April 30, 2013

    The Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties Project pro­duced its first Town Hall Meet­ing at WNET Stu­dios on April 30, 2013 for broad­cast on three PBS tri-state sta­tions in May. MPC will be pro­duc­ing its first major com­mu­nity engage­ment activ­ity, a town hall meet­ing, derived from its four-hour public television series, Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties, now being dis­trib­uted on sta­tions nationally. Read the DHC Press Release April 26, 2013 here. Also check out the broad­cast times here for Design­ing Healthy Com­mu­ni­ties and the 2-hour Town Hall Meet­ing in New York Tri-State Region in May. Related Topics […]

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  • Dr. Richard Jackson on Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV

    This past Octo­ber Dr. Richard Jack­son vis­ited KDKA-TV in Pitts­burgh to spread the news about the impor­tance of improv­ing our nation’s health by re-designing and restor­ing our built envi­ron­ment. Check out the video here! Related Topics or Episodes:Designing Healthy Communities promotional videoEpisode 1: Retrofitting Suburbia Episode 2: Rebuilding Places of the HeartEpisode 3: Social Policy in ConcreteEpisode 4: Searching for Shangri LaDesigning Healthy Communities – Companion BookDesigning Healthy Communities Complete DVD Series

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  • Dr. Jackson receives Socially Responsible Medical Award from Physicians for Social Responsibility- Los Angeles

    September 21, 2012– Founded on the principle that we must “prevent what we cannot cure,” PSR-LA is committed to reducing threats to public health related to nuclear and environmental toxins. The Los Angeles chapter is the largest in the nation and has played a leading role in national, state, and local education and policy efforts. PSR-LA is needed now more than ever. As physicians and health care professionals, they address society’s root causes of illness and injury. Funds raised from […]

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  • Dr. Richard Jackson receives Heinz Award

    September 13, 2012– Dr. Richard Jack­son, a pedi­a­tri­cian and pub­lic health physi­cian, is a recip­i­ent of one of the five pres­ti­gious Heinz Awards. Estab­lished by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the mem­ory of her late hus­band, U.S. Sen­a­tor John Heinz, the Awards cel­e­brate the accom­plish­ments and spirit of the Sen­a­tor by rec­og­niz­ing the extra­or­di­nary achieve­ments of indi­vid­u­als in the areas of great­est impor­tance to him. The Heinz Awards, admin­is­tered by the Heinz Fam­ily Foun­da­tion, rec­og­nize out­stand­ing indi­vid­u­als for their […]

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  • Dr. Jackson Recipient of Prestigious Heinz Award

    Dr. Jackson Recipient of Prestigious Heinz Award

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  • Dr. Jackson’s Op/Ed in Streetsblog.org

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    Dr. Richard Jackson, Host of MPC’s Designing Healthy Communities, and Rishi Manchanda, recently wrote an Op/Ed piece featured in StreetsBlog.org. The article “Touchdown Pass or Lost Yardage– What Will It Be AEG?” introduces the negative impacts of the proposed football stadium and new Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles by Anshutz Entertainment Group (AEG). A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) found that the new structure, Farmers’ Field, will produce harmful consequences, and not only that, but AEG doesn’t have provide any […]

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