Equity, Opportunity and Good Health: How Transportation Affects the Essential Qualities of Life In Metro Vancouver

Thu, 30 Apr 2015 7:30 PM

Transportation connects us to our community, our place of work and our friends and family. The way transportation infrastructure is designed and the modes of transportation that we have access to impact our lifestyle and our health.

The lecture will review some of the evidence from other jurisdictions, but focus primarily on the findings from the My Health My Community (www.myhealthmycommunity.org) project that surveyed 28,000 Metro Vancouver residents in 2013/14.

While there are clear dividends in health for active transportation users, current transit infrastructure does not equally benefit all communities in Metro Vancouver. Access to transportation widens opportunity and is a significant equity issue in Metro Vancouver.

This lecture is in collaboration with the 2015 ITE QUAD Conference, May 1-2 at the Pan Pacific Hotel, Vancouver. See conference website for more information and additional public tours and workshops offered on April 30.


Date: Thursday, April 30, 2015, 7:30–9 pm

Admission: Free, but reservations are required Reserve

Venue: Room 1200, SFU Segal School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver

Related topic: Community Building

About the Speaker

Dr. Jat Sandhu is the regional director of the public health surveillance unit at the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. The Unit was established in 2007 to support regional public health practice in the areas of health assessment, disease surveillance, epidemiological investigations and knowledge exchange.

Dr. Sandhu has training and work experience that has encompassed British Military Hospital Pathology; WHO regional training centre for Medical Education in Sydney, Australia; the Australian Red Cross; the Provincial Laboratory for Public Health in Alberta; and various agencies of the National Health Service in the United Kingdom.

Dr. Sandhu contributes to public health capacity development through his roles as a clinical associate professor with the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia; adjunct professor with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University; training and supervision of field epidemiologists with the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada; and as an expert advisor to WHO on mass gathering surveillance and urban health observatories.


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