Striding Toward Healthy Communities

Our friends over at Health by Design are hosting a conference this week designed to educate the attendees on the benefits of walkable communities. Kim Irwin sent us over the following details. For additional details, click here to go to the event website.

This event is designed to educate attendees on the programs and policies that achieve walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented neighborhoods and to inspire action in local communities around the state.

Attendees will learn from national experts and advocates about recommended smart growth and active transportation programs and policies and how they have been used successfully in other areas of the country in order to increase physical activity, create safer, more accessible places, and to advance community and economic development.

The target audience includes community leaders, city and transportation planners, engineers, landscape architects, developers, public health practitioners, academicians and others interested in programs and policies that achieve walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented neighborhoods.

We anticipate a small amount of funding to be available for conference scholarships. If you need to be considered for one in order to attend, please contact us at 



Afternoon Mobile Workshops (11/13, 1 – 4:30 PM; all workshops will depart from the Hilton)

Walk/Bike Tour of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail
West Indianapolis Walkability Survey
Speedway, the Super Bowl Legacy, and Community Economic Development

Full-day Conference (11/14, 8 AM – 5 PM)

Improving Public Health through Active Transportation
Dr. Susan Polan, American Public Health Association 

Transportation Equity: Creating Economic Opportunity and Health for All
Anita Hairston, PolicyLink

Walk This Way: Campaigns to Improve Neighborhood Walkability 
Tom Samuels

Retrofitting Suburbia: Making Sprawl Sustainable
Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Tech

Organizing People and Projects to Maximize Impact
Eric Friedman, Housing and Community Solutions

Storytelling Arts of Indiana
A creative piece on the social, emotional, and physical effects of the daily walk

Click here for a detailed conference program, including session overviews, learning objectives and speaker bios.


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