The Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health (CARTEEH) hosted a webinar on April 27, 2021 on 14 key linkages between transportation and health. Transportation facilitates the movement of people and goods and is key to the growth of cities, the transfer of knowledge and the exchange of cultures and ideas. Transportation affects health in several positive ways, including increasing physical activity through active transportation modes, such as walking and biking, and access to social networks and opportunities for people to improve their health and well-being. Transportation, however, can also have detrimental impacts on health, through adverse exposures such as air pollution, noise, stress and crashes, and their disparate impacts on disadvantaged segments of society. It is also a top-emitting sector of greenhouse gases, affecting the health, livelihoods and economies in communities across the globe. These issues are especially relevant and exacerbated in urban areas. This webinar will discuss 14 key linkages between transportation and health as well as provide a preview of work that CARTEEH researchers are conducting that leverages this research to help transportation agencies enhance the public health of transportation infrastructure.
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Dr. Joe Zietsman, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Dr. Zietsman is assistant agency director and strategic advisor at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI). He is a part of TTI’s Executive Team, and also manages a vast portfolio of research on transportation planning and the environment, with an emphasis on air quality and sustainability research. Dr. Zietsman has 30 years of professional experience, and has led research projects valued at over $30 million during his time at TTI. He also conceived the idea, raised the funding, and oversaw the development of a $3 million one-of-a-kind emissions testing facility at the Institute. Dr. Zietsman has more than 70 technical publications and has co-authored a book on sustainable transportation. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences, where he has delivered many keynote addresses, including on the topic of health and transportation.
Dr. Haneen Khreis, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Dr. Khreis is an Associate Research Scientist at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute and an Associated Researcher at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health. She researches the health impacts of transport planning and policy. She is experienced in transport planning and engineering, vehicle emissions and air quality monitoring and modelling, exposure assessment, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, health impact and burden of disease assessment, cross-disciplinary collaboration and the science-policy link in transport and health. She recently co-edited three books on urban and transportation planning, air quality and human health.