Denver, Colorado

Biennial of the Americas

GP RED facilitated a Clinica discussion at the 2013 Biennial of the Americas Conference focusing on the Intersection of the Built Environment and Health.

The built environment—the human made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity—impacts health outcomes in many different ways and often contributes to health disparities. Three principal elements of the built environment are transportation, land use, and public/open space, as depicted in the graphic below.

Challenge Questions for Clinica Discussion: 1. How can we adapt current infrastructure and plan for future development with concern for healthy behaviors? 2. How can we encourage healthy behaviors to make a real impact on public health and reduce long-term costs? Who is responsible? And how can those practices be scaled geographically? 3. How can the built environment influence “invisible” factors related to human and social capital to make meaningful public health improvements? 4. How do we know when we are being successful? What should we measure and evaluate?

Read the full Clinica Research Brief on the Intersection of the Built Environment and Health: