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Environmental and Policy Change Initiative

Environmental and Policy Change for Healthy Aging Conference Series

From the CDC Healthy Aging Research Network and Creating Aging-Friendly Communities

The initiative includes four online modules between September 2010 and January 2011.

Each module begins with a pre-recorded presentation that introduces key concepts for the module topic. The presentation is followed in two weeks by an interactive webinar. Two days following the webinar, the module offers an optional moderated online conversation.

Module 1: Overview of Environmental and Policy Change and Healthy Aging

This module presents the rationale and evidence for engaging in environmental and policy change to support healthy aging and introduces useful frameworks for planning, implementing, and evaluating change. Practical strategies and action steps are proposed.

Key concepts presentation:Environmental and Policy Change and Healthy Aging Overview: Challenge and Science

This presentation provides the background for the conference series, addressing the concepts of healthy aging, the research evidence linking healthy aging and the environment, and the implications for practice and policy change.

Presenter: David Marquez, PhD, U. Illinois, Chicago

Available: Sept. 28, view on your own time

Webinar: Frameworks for Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation

Effective environmental and policy change depends on systematic planning, implementation and evaluation. Panelists will discuss frameworks for this work and their application at a community level.

Moderator: Rebecca Hunter, M.Ed., University of North Carolina and CDC-HAN

Panel: Phil Bors, MPH, Active Living By Design; Malisa Mccreedy, AICP, City of Orlando

Time: Oct. 12, 2010, 1-2:30 (EST)

Module 2: Optimal Living Environments for Healthy Aging

This module focuses on the design principles that support healthy aging, and it discusses ways to build the partnerships, practices, and policies necessary to create optimal healthy living environments. Communities active in this area are featured.

Key concepts presentation: Optimal Living Environments for Healthy Aging: The Vision

The presentation highlights best practices for design of homes and public spaces to support healthy aging and aging in community. It provides those outside the design community with key principles to guide planning and collaboration.

Presenter: Richard Duncan, MRP, RL, Mace Universal Design Institute

Available: Oct.19, view on your own time

Webinar: Vision to Reality: Partnerships, Practices, and Policies for Healthy Living Environments

Creating optimal living environments requires vision, cross-sector collaboration and carefully selected policy tools. Panelists will share perspectives and lessons learned from different regions and communities actively pursuing change.

Moderator: Rebecca Hunter, M.Ed., University of North Carolina and CDC-HAN

Panel: Margaret B. Neal, PhD, Portland State University; Kathryn Lawler, MPP, Atlanta Regional Commission

Time: Nov. 2, 2010, 1-2:30 (EST)

Module 3: Integrated Approach to Mobility

This module promotes an integrated approach to mobility and explores how key components, such as pedestrian safety and walkability, transportation, and driving, can be effectively addressed through partnerships, practices and policies.

Key concepts presentation: An Integrated Approach to Mobility: Walking, Driving, and Passenger Transport

An integrated approach to walking, biking, driving and passenger transport is crucial to effective policy and practice to support older adult mobility. This presentation provides a conceptual framework and advances promising policies and practices.

Presenter: William A. Satariano, U. California, Berkeley and CDC-HAN

Available: Nov. 30, view on your own time

Webinar: Vision to Reality: Partnerships, Practices and Policies to Foster Mobility

Panelists will explore how state and local governments and their partners can advance effective practice and policy to foster mobility, drawing upon lessons learned. Action strategies and tools will be shared.

Time: Dec. 14, 2010, 1-2:30 (EST)

Moderator: Rebecca Hunter, M.Ed., University of North Carolina and CDC-HAN

Panel: Jennifer O'Connor, MPA, Pima Association of Governments; Ellen Jones, PhD, CHES, Senior Program Consultant, NACDD

Module 4: Emerging Environmental Issues in Healthy Aging

This module highlights emerging environmental issues, such as climate change, that may affect healthy aging. In addition, it explores strategies for addressing the special challenges of environmental and policy change in rural and underserved communities.

Key concepts presentation: Emerging Environmental Issues in Healthy Aging

Climate change and increasing environmental contamination present significant threats to healthy aging. The presentation will focus on promising practices and policies to address emerging problems.

Presenter: Kathy Sykes, MA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Available: Jan. 4, 2011, view on your own time

Webinar: Vision to Reality: Special Challenges and Opportunities in Environmental and Policy Change

Fully addressing environmental threats will require attention to a range of issues, including the vulnerability of older adults as well as their potential to contribute to change. Panelists will discuss critical issues, useful approaches and the role of engaged citizens.

Time: Jan. 18, 2011, 1-2:30 (EST)

Moderator: Rebecca Hunter, M.Ed., University of North Carolina and CDC-HAN

Panel: Lenard W. Kaye, DSW, PhD, Director, Center on Aging, College of Business, Public Policy and Health, University of Maine; Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science and Environmental Health Network and Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility

Register now for the conference series.

More information: Contact

Participate from your computer!

All you need to participate is a Web browser and an Internet connection.

  • Gain valuable perspectives to inform your work in promoting environmental and policy change for healthy aging
  • Learn about and employ tools and methods to inform and support your work to create environmental or policy change
  • Share your work in progress, connect with others with similar goals, and make use of additional resources

Issue brief on environmental and policy change for healthy aging. (pdf)

The webinars are supported in part by funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.