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Transportation and Health Equity Series: Part V
We’ve already established that there are elements that impact the health of Portland residents that go beyond health care. Read about our new (imaginary) friends, Aaron, Julie, and Mateo in Part 4 to get a sense of what some of these elements (aka Social Determinants of Health in fancy-pants health circles) are.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and, increasingly, other transportation planning organizations are beginning to acknowledge these connections. PBOT needs to think about how its decisions, policies, and projects are affecting the health of its residents. How can PBOT give Aaron just as much of a chance as Julie to lead a long and healthy life?
The first step is understanding the following three major connections between transportation and health:
So as you can see, although PBOT does not have a white coat or a freezing cold stethoscope, transportation planning can and does impact residents’ health. But as we stand now, not all residents are getting the same ‘health’ benefits from PBOT. We’ll talk about how Aaron, Julie, and Mateo are or are not benefiting from PBOT’s health inputs in the next post and what changes can be made to give residents better opportunities to lead healthier lives.
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Read the other parts of our series: