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Wednesday, February 27, 2008 - 7:00pm
A free lecture series sponsored by the College of Urban & Public Affairs Presents "Planning for Health: Health Impact Assessments as a Tool to Make Cities More Livable"

Presented by Dr. Rajiv Bhatia

Physical and social environments influence health, yet assessment of such influences is not standard practice in policy and planning formulation. Dr. Rajiv Bhatia of San Francisco's Department of Public Health has pioneered the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a tool for informing decision makers and communities about potential health consequences of policy, plans, and projects.

Dr. Bhatia will talk about this innovative policy tool for considering the intersection of planning and health interests. Through research and practice, Dr. Bhatia has emerged as one of the foremost experts on health impact assessment in the U.S.

If you are interested in housing, green industry, food access, neighborhood design, and other social determinants of health, you will want to attend this presentation. There will be ample time to answer questions.

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
Smith Memorial Student Union, room 294
7:00 pm

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Portland State University: College of Urban & Public Affairs' Social Equity and Opportunity Forum, School of Community Health, and Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies & Planning.

For inquiries about this event, please contact Rod Johnson at 503-725-4044 or