Health and the Built Environment: The Effects of Where We Live, Work and Play
The William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
February 25, 2005
Featuring the 7th Annual William T. Small, Jr. Keynote Lecture by Henry Louis Taylor, Jr., PhD
The built environment has powerful ramifications for public health
because it literally surrounds us. Housing, land use patterns, transportation
infrastructure, industrial/business corridors and other elements are
part of the intricate system in which we all live, work and play.
Increased rates of cancer, asthma, diabetes and other environmentally
sensitive conditions are the readily apparent effects of the built
environment on human health. However, other issues such as environmental
justice, access to quality food and occupational health concerns are
also elements of the built environment that affect minority populations,
but are not always explored. This year's conference will bring together
community members, public health practitioners,public health researchers,
educators, land use planners and industry officials to better understand
and address man-made threats to public health.
(A1) Chemical Exposure and Farmworker Health - Azalea AB
(A2) The Health Implications of Geographically-Bounded Communities - Sunflower
(A3) Neighborhood Quality: Access & Quality of Life - Dogwood
(A4) Obesity, Physical Activity and the Built Environment - Redbud AB
(A5) Transportation Corridors and the Spread of Disease - Mountain Laurel AB
(B1) Children and Exposure to Indoor Pollutants - Azalea AB
(B4) Mobility and Health - Sunflower
(B5) Occupational Health and Social Justice - Mountain Laurel AB
Thomas A. Arcury is Professor and Research Director in the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine. Dr. Arcury holds appointments as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology, Wake Forest University, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include the examination of health beliefs and behaviors in rural and minority communities, and health in underserved populations and of health disparities. He is the principal investigator of three NIEHS and NIOSH funded projects focused on North Carolina farmworkers, two are interventions to reduce the exposure of farmworker families to pesticides and the other is an epidemiological study of occupational skin disease.
Yolanda Banks Anderson is Director and Associate Professor in the Environmental Science Program at North Carolina Central University in Durham, NC. Her research interests are in the areas of environmental justice, environmental exposure, and environmental/science education. Currently, she is the Principal Investigator of an EPA-funded multi-year cooperative research agreement to study environmental contamination in communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities.
Claude W. Barnes, Jr. received a B.A. degree in Political Science from North Carolina A & T State University. He received both the M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Barnes has taught at Spelman College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University and South Carolina State University before accepting a teaching position at North Carolina A&T State University in 1993.Currently he is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Operations, Assessment and Research for the College of Arts and Sciences at NCA&TSU. His research interests include African American politics, urban transportation policy, survey research methods and the use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the social sciences.
Kimberly P. Boyd-Johnson earned her B.A. from Spellman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in social psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virgina. Dr. Boyd-Johnson holds a faculty position at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Institute for HIV Prevention Leadership (IHPL).Dr. Boyd-Johnson also serves as an assistant research professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA, and adjunct professor at Hampton University in Hampton, VA. Dr. Boyd-Johnson has conducted extensive research on HIV/AIDS prevention, health promotion and substance abuse among adolescents.
Rene Cummins is the Executive Director of Alliance of Disability Advocates, Center for Independent Living, which is a federally-funded advocacy agency to serve people of all ages and abilities. Previously, she was a consultant with the North Carolina Office on Disability and Health, and the two agencies now have a collaborative relationship. Rene is a trainer with the Southeast Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center in Atlanta. She is also active on various boards and commissions including the Statewide Independent Living Council, the Raleigh Mayor’s committee for Persons with Disabilities, and Arts Access, Inc.
Ernestine A.W. Duncan earned her B.A. from Oberlin College, Ohio, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from Georgia State University. Dr. Duncan currently holds the position of Assistant Professor of Psychology at Norfolk State University. She has previously taught at Hampton University in Virginia, Spelman College and Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Duncan has conducted research in the area of HIV/AIDS prevention in the African American community through assessment and intervention development, group facilitation, and data collection and analysis. Her current research interests include the identification of individual personality characteristics that impact risk for HIV and AIDS.
James E. Emery is a Social Research Associate in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the UNC School of Public Health where he is also a doctoral student. His primary interests are: identifying and studying the social determinants of health behavior, developing methods for auditing the built environment in communities, and increasing community capacity to improve policies and environments that support active lifestyles. He is currently co-investigator on an environmental justice research and education grant funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Elizabeth Freeman Lambar received a bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Social Relations from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana and received her M.S.W and M.P.H from UNC-Chapel Hill. Ms. Freeman Lambar has worked extensively throughout the country to increase medical care access among farmworkers. Ms. Freeman Lambar has been with the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program first as a program associate and then as director of the program since June of 2002. The NC Farmworker Health Program
Penny Gordon-Larsen is an Assistant Professor of Nutrition at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. Dr. Gordon-Larsen is a specialist in human nutrition epidemiology. Her work has focused on the important role of the physical environment in shaping obesity and obesity-related behaviors. Her National Institutes of Health-funded research looks at relationships between environmental factors (such as availability of parks, playgrounds, recreation centers, and community design) and physical activity levels. Other major areas of interest include acculturation, minority health, and obesity intervention research.
Gary Grant is the Executive Director of Concerned Citizens of Tillery (CCT), an organization whose purpose is to promote cultural awareness and improve the social, economic and educational welfare of the citizens in Tillery, North Carolina. CCT provides necessary services such as transportation and health care and workshops on issues such as land ownership and debt control. Mr. Grant is also the founding president of the National Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association (BFAA) and the director of the National Land Loss Fund (LLF).
Laura E. Harris is a Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at The Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. Dr. Harris' research examines the transformation of public housing in the U.S., with a focus on health issues. She is Director of Quantitative Analysis on a three-wave panel study addressing relocation issues for residents of five public housing developments that are being demolished and revitalized as part of HUD's HOPE VI program.
Diane K. Levy is a Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Currently, she is researching HUD’s HOPE VI public housing program and the impact it is having on original residents. This study is being conducted in five sites across the U.S. over five years and involves tracking residents who are relocated from the public housing sites prior to site redevelopment. Ms. Levy leads the qualitative component of the study and serves as the Deputy Project Director.
Marie Miranda's primary research is in resource and environmental economics, environmental health sciences, and environmental justice, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary, policy-oriented perspectives. Dr. Miranda serves as the Director of the Children's Environmental Health Initiative (CEHI) within the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University. CEHI supports a series of environmental research projects emphasizing the special vulnerabilities of children. CEHI projects focus on incorporating innovative spatial analysis into children's environmental health research.
Kimberly Morland is an epidemiologist who received her Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health after earning a M.P.H. at the University of California at Berkeley. She is currently Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Dr. Morland’s research pertains to issues of social and environmental justice by documenting the structural effects of segregation on the well-being of residents, particularly how these effects constrain individual change. Some of her empirical work has focused on the examination of the association between the physical availability of healthy foods and reported intake by residents.
Saladin Muhammad is the Chair of Black Workers for Justice and lead organizer of UE Local 150. Naemma Muhammad is a founding member and organizer for Black Workers for Justice. Black Workers For Justice (BWFJ) was born in a struggle at a Kmart store in the city of Rocky Mount, North Carolina in late 1981. The organization is dedicated to achieving for racial justice, political rights, and labor rights for African Americans in the South. In its nearly 24 years of existence, BWFJ has established a monthly newspaper named Justice Speaks, workplace committees, workers' schools, a workers' center, and North Carolina's first statewide public workers union. Most recently, it formed the African American/Latino Alliance, together with the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and others.
Edward H. Norman is the Children’s Environmental Health Branch Manager for the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Environmental Health. He has developed and implemented policies, guidelines, rules and legislation for all aspects of the childhood lead poisoning prevention and child care sanitation programs. Mr. Edward has also written extensively on environmental health issues such as childhood lead poisoning.
Deborah Norton earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology from Wheaton College, and a medical degree from Illinois Medical School in Chicago. After a family medicine residency in Minneapolis, she worked as a family physician in Minnesota and in Prospect Hill, North Carolina. She then pursued an MPH in maternal and child health along with a residency in preventive medicine, in the community and migrant health track. She has worked at Wake County Human Services in the Women’s Health and Migrant Health programs since 1996, and has been medical director of the North Carolina Farmworker Health Program since June 2000.
Amy Schulz received her Ph.D. in Sociology and M.P.H. from the University of Michigan. She is Associate Director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health, and Co-Director for the NIH funded "Promoting Ethnic Diversity in Public Health". Her research focuses on social factors and aspects of the built environment that contribute to health with a particular focus on racial disparities in health. Current research efforts focus on understanding social determinants of women's health in urban communities; the contributions of social and environmental factors to racial and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular disease, social aspects of community and their relationship to health, and interventions designed to increase access to healthy foods in urban areas.
Omega Wilson is the president of the West End Revitalization Association (WERA), and was a founding member in 1994. WERA is the first community development corporation in Alamance County with training and funding from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, and the first area USEPA Community-Based Environmental Protection organization with funding and training from the USEPA. Mr. Wilson has given presentations at a variety of national conferences and has received numerous awards, including a Community Achievement Award for Pioneering work in Environmental Justice in 2000 from the North Carolina Association for Community Development Corporations and the 2002 Florenza Moore Grant Environmental Justice Award at the Fifth Annual North Carolina Environmental Justice Summit.
Steven Wing is on the faculty at UNC-SPH and works in the area of occupational and environmental epidemiology. His current research focuses on the epidemiology of environmental injustice, occupational exposures to ionizing radiation, and community health impacts of industrial swine production. He has collaborated on epidemiologic research with communities and workers impacted by the nuclear industry, industrial animal production, and other environmental and occupational threats.
Leslie Young is the Director of Design at the Center for Universal Design. Ms. Young is a recognized national expert on architectural accessibility, with 20 years experience in design for people with disabilities. She has in-depth knowledge of the accessibility requirements in most federal legislation mandating accessibility including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Fair Housing Act of 1988, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Ms. Young has either developed or participated in the development of a vast number of publications, slide shows, and films on accessibility to the built environment. She co-authored the Fair Housing Act Design Manual for HUD.
A limited number of rooms have been reserved at several local hotels. Please mention the Minority Health Conference when making reservations (by 1/30/04) at the following hotels:
Sheraton Hotel, 919-968-4900
Holiday Inn Express 888-452-5765
Hampton Inn 800-426-7866
* Lunch is available to those who pre-register and pay by 2/14/05. Participants who do not pre-register and pay by 2/14/05 may purchase lunch at nearby restaurants.
Registration fees are due prior to the conference. Make checks payable to NCIPH.
If you have special needs for learning aids, and/or facility accessibility information, please call us at 919/966-4032.