New York’s Journey to Safe and Complete Streets

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate The bad news? Between 2005 and 2014, there were 3,007 pedestrian deaths in New York State. The good news? New York’s Pedestrian Death Index has decreased since 2014, meaning that it has become safer for pedestrians. This is despite the fact that, on average, states across the nation have actually become more dangerous …

Placemaking Our Way to Healthier Communities and Better Lives

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate As reported by the County Health Rankings, only 20% of our health is determined by the clinical care that we receive. The remaining 80% is based on our health behaviors (30%), socioeconomic factors (40%), and physical environment (10%). With factors like education, employment, income, social support, community safety, housing, transit, and capacity to …

It’s Time to Address New York’s C- Grade in Infrastructure

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By Amanda Li, B.A., Junior Policy Associate C in Aviation, D+ in Bridges, C- in Dams, C in Drinking Water, B- in Parks, D- in Roads, B- in Solid Waste, C- in Transit, and D in Wastewater…these were the grades that New York State received in its 2015 Infrastructure Report Card. When it comes to infrastructure, New York has room …

Fighting Chronic Disease: The Battle Starts at a Young Age

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By Amanda Li, Junior Policy Associate Almost a third of New York adults are obese, and in 2030, New York is projected to have well over 16.3 million cases of obesity-related chronic health issues—that’s more than 80% of New York’s current population. Since 2010, DASH-NY has been fighting to stop obesity and the diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, arthritis, cancers, strokes, …

Guest Post: Why Transportation is a Public Health Issue

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BY SAM SHWARTZ ||| About 6 or 7 years ago I attended a meeting of the transportation committee of Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council. The co-chair, to my surprise, was a medical doctor- specifically a pediatrician. Dr. Kyran Quinlan explained his participation saying he was tired of seeing so many children in the ER after being struck by cars. He was …