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  OCTOBER 14, 2011
Loma Linda Summit to Encourage Community Planning around Health – November 14-15

summitThe Loma Linda University School of Public Health will host the second annual Healthy Communities by Design summit November 14 and 15 in Southern California. The design of healthy communities brings geographic analysis into urban and suburban design processes that seek to promote human health. The summit will provide a forum to exchange ideas on environmental factors that affect health and to discuss new community planning approaches that incorporate health considerations.

“It is my hope that through the Healthy Communities by Design Summit, the value and application of geospatial technologies in community health, urban planning, and the built environment will create a positive impact on human health within our communities,” said Mr. Seth Wiafe, director of the summit and coordinator of the school’s health geoinformatics program.

Dr. Sandra Witt will open the summit by discussing how to achieve livable communities. She has more than 20 years of experience in public health, currently overseeing the California Endowment’s healthy community initiative in the northern half of the state. The endowment is a private foundation dedicated to promoting affordable, quality health care and improved health for all Californians.

Another key speaker, Mr. Bill Davenhall, will examine community design through the use of geographic information systems (GIS). He currently manages the health and human services marketing team for Esri, a global leader in developing GIS software to help solve human problems, including those related to public health. Throughout a career of more than 30 years, he has focused on applying geographic and demographic data to issues ranging from health care demand to business expansion.

Dr. Robert Ogilvie’s presentation will draw upon 15 years spent focusing on community planning and development for low- and middle-income neighborhoods. Today, he directs the Planning for Healthy Places program at the organization Public Health Law & Policy.

The summit agenda, full speaker information, and online registration can be found at General registration for the summit is $25. For those seeking continuing education hours, registration will cost $50. The latter includes 13 units of credit.

The following professionals may receive continuing education: certified health educators, chaplains, marriage and family therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, registered dietitians, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, social workers, and speech pathologists.

[Photo: A panel speaks during last year’s summit.]