Toward the Healthy City: People, Place, and the Politics of Urban Planning

Event date(s):

The Metropolitan Futures Initiative
Lecture Series

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Professor Jason Corburn
University of California, Berkeley

Reception - 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Lecture-  7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
University Club (801 E. Peltason Drive )

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Free and open to the public
Parking at University Club is free


Center for Community Development Studies
Community Outreach Partnership Center
School of Social Ecology
Program in Public Health
Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
Community Knowledge Project

About the lecture:

In his lecture, Jason Corburn will discuss the concepts presented in his latest book, Toward the Healthy City. In distressed neighborhoods, where residential segrega-tion concentrates poverty, liquor stores outnumber supermarkets, toxic sites are next to playgrounds, and more money is spent on incarceration than schools, resi-dents also suffer disproportionately from disease and premature death. Recogniz-ing that city environments and the planning processes that shape them are powerful determinants of population heath, urban planners are beginning to take on the added challenge of revitalizing neglected urban neighborhoods in ways that im-prove health and promote greater equity. Professor Corburn argues that city plan-ning must return to its roots in public health and social justice, and provides a de-tailed account of how city planning and public health practices can reconnect to address health disparities. His work offers a new decision-making framework called “healthy city planning” that reframes traditional planning and development issues and offers a new scientific evidence base for participa-tory action, coalition building, and ongoing monitoring to promote healthy places.

About the Speaker:

Jason Corburn, PhD, MCP, is Associate Professor in the Department of City and
Regional Planning and the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. He is codirector of Berkeley’s joint MCP/MCH program, a member of the Global Metropolitan Studies Initiative and Associate Director of UC Berkeley’s post-doc, Health and Society Scholar’s Program. He is the author of two award winning books on urban health: Toward the Health City (MIT Press, 2009) and Street Science (MIT Press, 2005). Dr. Corburn is a recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Urban Health.

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