UNC to Host National Conference on Healthy Aging and the Environment

Environmental and policy changes to promote healthy aging and healthier communities are at the center of an upcoming conference being held at the Friday Center on Sept. 15-16, called Promoting Environmental and Policy Change to Support Healthy Aging.

UNC is one of nine universities that comprise the Healthy Aging Research Network (HAN), which is hosting the symposium.  HAN is a subset of the Prevention Research Centers (PRC), supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This conference, the third in the Network’s Research to Practice symposia series, will address challenges, research evidence, and promising strategies for practice and policy change.  Participants include professionals and academicians in public health, aging services, healthcare, business, planning, architecture, engineering, and recreation, as well as advocates for livable communities.

Larry Adelman, the executive producer of the award-winning PBS documentary, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, will present the keynote address, discussing how environments impact quality of life, health disparities, and community health.

The plenary speaker, Dr. Leonard Syme, a social epidemiologist from the University of California, Berkeley, will outline the imperatives for environmental and policy change. Additional speakers hail from diverse professional backgrounds including transportation engineering, architecture, public health, city planning, and aging.  Among the topics they will cover are walkable communities, policy change, transportation planning, environmental assessment, universal design, fall prevention, and access to healthy food.

Additional conference information is available at: http://www.prc-hanconferences.com/ 

Tickets for the Adelman lecture only are available at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Heg6szh8my8Gm3ZS5xkEYQ_3d_3d


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