Urban Sprawl and Public Health
368 pages, 6 x 9
Tables, figures
Release Date:09 Jul 2004

Urban Sprawl and Public Health

Designing, Planning, and Building for Healthy Communities

Island Press

In Urban Sprawl and Public Health, Howard Frumkin, LawrenceFrank, and Richard Jackson, three of the nation's leading publichealth and urban planning experts explore an intriguing question: Howdoes the physical environment in which we live affect our health? Fordecades, growth and development in our communities has been of thelow-density, automobile-dependent type known as sprawl. The authorsexamine the direct and indirect impacts of sprawl on human health andwell-being, and discuss the prospects for improving public healththrough alternative approaches to design, land use, andtransportation.

Urban Sprawl and Public Health offers a comprehensive lookat the interface of urban planning, architecture, transportation,community design, and public health. It summarizes the evidence linkingadverse health outcomes with sprawling development, and outlines thecomplex challenges of developing policy that promotes and protectspublic health. Anyone concerned with issues of public health, urbanplanning, transportation, architecture, or the environment will want toread Urban Sprawl and Public Health.

Howard Frumkin is associate professor and chair inthe Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at EmoryUniversity's Rollins School of Public Health. LarryFrank is Bombadier Chair in Sustainable Transportation Systemsat the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University ofBritish Columbia. Richard Jackson is director of theNational Center for Environmental Health at the Center for DiseaseControl in Atlanta.



Chapter 1. What Is Sprawl? What Does It Have to Do withHealth? 

Chapter 2. The Origins of Sprawl

Chapter 3. The Evolution of Urban Health

Chapter 4. Air Quality

Chapter 5. Physical Activity, Sprawl, and Health

Chapter 6. Injuries and Deaths from Traffic

Chapter 7. Water Quantity and Quality With Steve Gaffield

Chapter 8. Mental Health

Chapter 9. Social Capital, Sprawl, and Health

Chapter 10. Health Concerns of Special Populations

Chapter 11. From Urban Sprawl to Health for All




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