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There is a large body of evidence showing a relationship between the characteristics of built environments and urban form, and a variety of health indicators such as physical activity, obesity and diabetes and much advocacy is based on these findings. This presentation examines the relative roles of research, policy development and politics in future directions for this cause, drawing on frameworks on the ways in which public health research can contribute to the policy process.
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Presenter: Jim Dunn
James R. Dunn, Ph.D. (Jim) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University and a Scientist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He is the Director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments and the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. In 2011-12 was the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies at Harvard University. He has published widely in geography, public health, urban planning and epidemiology journals, and in 2012, he co-edited Rethinking Social Epidemiology: Towards a Science of Change with Patricia O’Campo (Springer).
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