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 Jackson, a pediatrician-turned-public–health officer. The New York panel discussion will pick up the conversation about the common characteristics of unhealthy communities and how they can be changed with area experts.
Sixteen panelists, led by series host and narrator Dr. Jackson, discuss a variety of topics from the series, including: reliance on fossil fuel for navigation; limited walking space; lack of access to green parks, trails, and gardens; pollution and more. Discussion also touches upon the impact of recent events-- like Superstorm Sandy-- on the health of local communities. The two-hour recorded discussion is moderated by Mike Schneider, managing editor of NJTV’s weeknight news program, NJ Today with Mike Schneider.
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