Healthy cities – Andrew Dannenberg

We held a seminar on how the design of our built environment can support human health and sustainability, with Andrew Dannenberg from the University of Washington in Seattle. View the presentation:

Healthy cities: How the design of our built environment can support human health and sustainability (PDF)

Andrew Dannenberg was also interviewed with Chris Laidlaw on Radio NZ:

There is increasing recognition that the design of communities can impact human health. Community designs that feature parks, footpaths, public transport, and connectivity among destinations can encourage physical activity, help prevent obesity, and reduce dependence on cars whose use contributes to air pollution, crashes, and pedestrian injuries. Healthy community design can offer co-benefits of promoting sustainability and social equity and reducing adverse health and environmental impacts from climate change. Increased attention to the health implications of the built environment has led to innovative solutions, such as Smart Growth developments, investments in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, and the use of health impact assessments to convey health information to community decision-makers.


Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington in Seattle in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and the Department of Urban Design and Planning. He formerly served as team lead of the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the National Center for Environmental Health at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. For the past decade, his research has examined the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, and other aspects of the built environment. He has a particular focus on the use of a health impact assessment as a tool to inform community and transportation planners about the health consequences of their decisions. He is co-author of Making healthy places: Designing and building for health, wellness, and sustainability, 2011, He previously served as director of the public health training division at CDC, as faculty in the Injury Prevention Center at Johns Hopkins University, and as a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health.

This event on 15 November 2013 was part of the Department of Public Health, University of Otago Wellington, seminar series.