APCPS 2013 Pre-Conference Workshop Description
This Workshop is geared toward planners, health professionals, developers, decision makers and all others that influence community development. It will begin with a presentation by Dr. Karen Lee (see bio below) detailing her experiences working with multiple professions to encourage active living in the US, Canada and abroad. This Workshop will also feature best practice success stories from the Prairie Provinces that will provide local, realistic, and innovative examples to inspire the implementation of healthier design in the participants own community. It is intended to facilitate communication between professions that impact the design, operations and maintenance of our built environment and for each participant to walk away with tangible tools and resources to begin implementing some of the principles found in healthier community development. Participants will be encouraged to share their own examples of best practices from their own communities.
Dr. Karen Lee – MD, MHSc, FRCPC
New York City, New York
Dr. Lee lives in NYC and is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta. She is a senior advisor to the Built Environment & Healthy Housing Program at the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene and has been the lead in a partnership involving 12 NYC agencies, non-governmental partners in the development of the award-award winning Active Design Guidelines (www.nyc.gov/adg, 2010). Dr. Lee also consults with cities and organizations in the US, Canada, Australia, Asia, Europe and the World Health Organization on issues related to the build environment and chronic diseases.