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Featured Research on Transportation and Health

This page shows research included in the American Journal of Public Health, organized by various topics, as well as articles from The Nation's Health (scroll down).

 

FROM THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PUBLIC HEALTH:

 

Physical Activity

The Safe Routes to School Program in California: An Update. Claudia Chaufan, et al. June 2012; 102: e8–e11.

 

Walking and Cycling in the United States, 2001–2009: Evidence From the National Household Travel Surveys. John Pucher, et al. December 2011; 101; S310–S317.

 

Association of Walkability With Obesity in Baltimore City, Maryland. Sarah Stark Casagrande, et al. December 2011; 101: S318–S324.

 

An Applied Ecological Framework for Evaluating Infrastructure to Promote Walking and Cycling: The iConnect Study. David Ogilvie, et al. Mar 2011; 101: 473-481.

  

Potential Health Impact of Switching From Car to Public Transportation When Commuting to Work. Alfredo Morabia, et al. Dec 2010; 100: 2388-2391.

  

Emerging Issues in Improving Food and Physical Activity Environments: Strategies for Addressing Land Use, Transportation, and Safety in 3 California-Wide Initiatives. Manal J. Aboelata & Amanda M. Navarro. Nov 2010; 100: 2146-2148.

 

Beyond Recreational Physical Activity: Examining Occupational and Household Activity, Transportation Activity, and Sedentary Behavior in Relation to Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Risk. Stephanie M. George, et al. Nov 2010; 100: 2288-2295.

 

Walking and Cycling to Health: A Comparative Analysis of City, State, and International Data. John Pucher, et al. Oct 2010; 100: 1986-1992.

 

Effect of Individual or Neighborhood Disadvantage on the Association Between Neighborhood Walkability and Body Mass Index. Gina S. Lovasi, et al. Feb 2009; 99: 27 -284.

 

Association of the Built Environment With Physical Activity and Obesity in Older Persons. Ethan M. Berke, et al. Mar 2007; 97: 486–492.

  

Measuring the Environment for Friendliness Toward Physical Activity: A Comparison of the Reliability of 3 Questionnaires. Ross C. Brownson, et al. Mar 2004; 94: 473-483.

 

Neighborhood-Based Differences in Physical Activity: An Environment Scale Evaluation. Brian E. Saelens, et al. Sep 2003; 93: 1552-1558.

 

Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health: Lessons From The Netherlands and Germany. John Pucher & Lewis Dijkstra. Sep 2003; 93: 1509-1516.

 

Walking, Bicycling, and Urban Landscapes: Evidence from the San Francisco Bay Area. Robert Cervero and Michael Duncan. Sep 2003; 93: 1478-1483.

 

Environmental and Policy Determinants of Physical Activity in the United States. Ross C. Brownson, et al. Dec 2001; 91: 1995-2003.

 

Safety

Helmet Wearing Among Users of a Public Bicycle-Sharing Program in the District of Columbia and Comparable Riders on Personal Bicycles. John D. Kraemer, et al. August 2012; 102: e23–e25.

 

Safety Belt Laws and Disparities in Safety Belt Use Among US High-School Drivers. J. Felipe García-España, et al. June 2012; 102: 1128–1134.

 

Evaluating the Safety Effects of Bicycle Lanes in New York City. Li Chen, et al. June 2012; 102: 1120–1127.

 

Risk Compensation: A Male Phenomenon? Results From a Controlled Intervention Trial Promoting Helmet Use Among Cyclists. Antoine Messiah, et al. May 2012; 102: S204–S206.

 

Crash and Risky Driving Involvement Among Novice Adolescent Drivers and Their Parents. Bruce G. Simons-Morton, et al. December 2011; 101: 2362–2367.

 

Vulnerability of Female Drivers Involved in Motor Vehicle Crashes: An Analysis of US Population at Risk. Dipan Bose, et al. December 2011; Vol. 101: 2368–2373.

Environmental Characteristics Associated With Pedestrian-Motor Vehicle Collisions in Denver, Colorado. Anne K. Sebert Kuhlmann, et al. Sep 2009; 99: 1632-1637. 

Reducing Road Traffic Injuries: Effectiveness of Speed Cameras in an Urban Setting. Katherine Pérez, et al. Sep 2007; 97: 1632-1637.

 

Obesity and Risk for Death Due to Motor Vehicle Crashes. Shankuan Zhu, et al. Apr 2006; 96: 734-739.

 

The Epidemic of Pediatric Traffic Injuries in South Florida: A Review of the Problem and Initial Results of a Prospective Surveillance Strategy. S. Morad Hameed, et al. Apr 2004; 94: 554-556.

 

Urban Sprawl as a Risk Factor in Motor Vehicle Occupant and Pedestrian Fatalities. Reid Ewing, et al. Sep 2003; 93: 1541-1545.

 

A Review of Evidence-Based Traffic Engineering Measures Designed to Reduce Pedestrian–Motor Vehicle Crashes. Richard A. Retting, et al. Sep 2003; 93: 1456-1463.

 

Air Quality

Analysis of Diesel Particulate Matter Health Risk Disparities in Selected US Harbor Areas. Arlene Rosenbaum, et al. December 2011; 101: S217–S223.

 

Particulate Air Pollution and Socioeconomic Position in Rural and Urban Areas of the Northeastern United States. Paul J. Brochu, et al. December 2011; 101: S224–S230.

 

Community-Based Participatory Research and Policy Advocacy to Reduce Diesel Exposure in West Oakland, California. Priscilla Gonzalez, et al. December 2011; 101: S166-S175.

 

Potential Health Impact of Switching From Car to Public Transportation When Commuting to Work. Alfredo Morabia, et al. Dec 2010; 100: 2388-2391.

 

The Influence of Traffic on Air Quality in an Urban Neighborhood: A Community–University Partnership. Jonathan J. Buonocore, et al. Nov 2009; 99: S629-S635.

 

Global Goods Movement and the Local Burden of Childhood Asthma in Southern California. Laura Perez, et al. Nov 2009; 99: S622-S628.

 

Health, Traffic, and Environmental Justice: Collaborative Research and Community Action in San Francisco, California. Megan Wier, et al. Nov 2009; 99: S499-S504.

 

Environmental Health Practice: Statistically Based Performance Measurement. Richard T. Enander, et al. May 2007; 97: 819-824.

 

Proximity of Licensed Child Care Facilities to Near-Roadway Vehicle Pollution. Douglas Houston, et al. Sep 2006; 96: 1611-1617.

 

Geographic Clustering of Adult Asthma Hospitalization and Residential Exposure to Pollution at a United States-Canada Border. Tonny J. Oyana. Jul 2004; 94: 1250-1257.

 

The Impact of Community Design and Land-Use Choices on Public Health: A Scientific Research Agenda. Andrew L Dannenberg. Sep 2003; 93: 1500-1508. 

 

Breathless in Los Angeles: The Exhausting Search for Clean Air. Nino Künzli, et al. Sep 2003; 93: 1494-1499.

 

Effects of air pollution on blood pressure: a population-based approach. A Ibald-Mulli. Apr 2001; 91: 571-577.

 

Air pollution: prevention and long-term perspectives. D.L. Robinson. Mar 1999; 89: 418-420

 

Ambient air pollution and hospitalization for congestive heart failure among elderly people in seven large US cities. P D Morris, et al. Oct 1995; 85: 1361-1346.

 

Low-level air pollution and upper respiratory infections in children. J J Jaakkola, et al. Aug 1991; 81: 1060-1063.

 

Built Environment

An Applied Ecological Framework for Evaluating Infrastructure to Promote Walking and Cycling: The iConnect Study. David Ogilvie, et al. Mar 2011; 101: 473-481.

 

Neighborhoods and Obesity in Later Life. Irina B. Grafova, et al. Nov 2008; 98: 2065-2071.

 

Integrating the Environment, the Economy, and Community Health: A Community Health Center’s Initiative to Link Health Benefits to Smart Growth. Peter V. McAvoy, et al. Apr 2004; 94: 525-527.

 

The Impact of Community Design and Land-Use Choices on Public Health: A Scientific Research Agenda. Andrew L. Dannenberg, et al. Sep 2003; 93: 1500-1508.

 

Promoting Safe Walking and Cycling to Improve Public Health: Lessons From The Netherlands and Germany. John Pucher & Lewis Dijkstra. Sep 2003; 93: 1509-1516.

  

Social Capital and the Built Environment: The Importance of Walkable Neighborhoods. Kevin M. Leyden. Sep 2003; 93: 1546-1551.

 

Public Transit

Potential Health Impact of Switching From Car to Public Transportation When Commuting to Work. Alfredo Morabia, et al. Dec 2010; 100: 2388-2391.

 

Noise Levels Associated With New York City's Mass Transit Systems. Richard Neitzel, et al. Aug 2009; 99: 1393-1399

 

Vulnerable Populations 

Mobility and Aging: New Directions for Public Health Action. William A. Satariano, et al. August 2012; 102: 1508–1515.

 

Neighborhood Social Inequalities in Road Traffic Injuries: The Influence of Traffic Volume and Road Design. Patrick Morency, et al. June 2012; 102: 1112–1119.

 

Potential Strategies to Eliminate Built Environment Disparities for Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Communities. Daniel J. Hutch, et al. April 2011; 101: 587–595.

 

High Point Walking for Health: Creating Built and Social Environments That Support Walking in a Public Housing Community. James Krieger, et al. Nov 2009; 99: S593-S599.

 

Effect of Individual or Neighborhood Disadvantage on the Association Between Neighborhood Walkability and Body Mass Index. Gina S. Lovasi, et al. Feb 2009; 99: 279-284.

 

Association of the Built Environment With Physical Activity and Obesity in Older Persons. Ethan M. Berke, et al. Mar 2007; 97: 486–492.

  

Driving Life Expectancy of Persons Aged 70 Years and Older in the United States. Daniel J. Foley, et al. Aug 2002; 92: 1284-1289.

 

Ambient air pollution and hospiralization for congestive heart failure among elderly people in seven large US cities. P D Morris, et al. Oct 1995; 85: 1361-1346.

 

Low-level air pollution and upper respiratory infections in children. J J Jaakkola, et al. Aug 1991; 81: 1060-1063.

 

Mental Health

Noise Levels Associated With New York City's Mass Transit Systems. Richard Neitzel, et al. Aug 2009; 99: 1393-1399.

 

Perceived Neighborhood Problems and Quality of Life, Physical Functioning, and Depressive Symptoms Among Adults With Asthma. Irene H. Yen, et al. May 2006; 96: 873-879.

 

Public policy and environmental noise: modeling exposure or understanding effects. S L Staples. Dec 1997; 87: 2063-2068 

 


FROM THE NATION'S HEALTH:

 

Drunk-driving crashes a growing risk for young women, study finds. Teddi Dineley Johnson. May/June 2012; 42(4): E19

 

Distracted driving: Stay focused when on the road. Teddi Dineley Johnson. February 2012; 42(1): 28

 

Nearly one-third of drivers have been sleepy behind the wheel, survey finds. Donya Currie. January 2012; 41(10): E52

 

New APHA book connects public health, built environment. Teddi Dineley Johnson. September 2011; 41(7): 4

 

Federal strategy to put wellness, prevention on front burner: Reform progressing. Teddi Dineley Johnson. August 2011; 41(6): 1-12

 

APHA releases transportation toolkit online. Teddi Dineley Johnson. August 2011; 41(6): 4 

 

Report finds too many U.S. roads deadly for pedestrians. Donya Currie. August 2011; 41(6): 8 

 

Iowa Affiliate members pedal across state for public health. Teddi Dineley Johnson. August 2011; 41(6): 15 

 

Safety campaign seeks changes on world's thoroughfares. Charlotte Tucker. August 2011; 41(6): 16 

 

National Public Health Week 2011 celebrated nationwide: Communities address injury prevention. Teddi Dineley Johnson. July 2011; 41(5): 1-18

 

More miles on the road translates to more pounds, study finds. Teddi Dineley Johnson. July 2011; 41(5): E22

 

U.S. traffic deaths drop to lowest level since 1949.Teddi Dineley Johnson. May/June 2011; 41(4): E17

 

Pedestrians: Take the steps to stay safe. Teddi Dineley Johnson. April 2011; 41(3): 2B

 

New physical activity guidance can reduce risk of breast, colon cancers. Teddi Dineley Johnson. April 2011; 41(3): E11

 

Public health extras: roundup on bicycle injuries, needle exchange programs and more. Teddi Dineley Johnson. April 2011; 41(3): E14

 

APHA debuts free health webinars with experts. Charlotte Tucker. Feb 2011; 41(1): 2

 

At $500 per licensed driver, annual cost of motor vehicle crashes climbing, study finds. Oct 2010; 40(8): E36

 

New national vehicle emission standards a public health win: Americans support healthy transportation. Kim Krisberg. July 2010; 40(5): 1-14

 

Resources: May/June 2011-Affordable housing near transit tool. May/June 2010; 40(4): E20

 

Poor road design contributes to U.S. pedestrian fatalities: Safety advocates call for new approach. Kim Krisberg. Dec 2009/Jan 2010; 39(10): 1-22

 

Public health benefitting from private-sector partnerships: Health departments reaping results. Teddi Dineley Johnson. Sept 2009; 39(7): 1-14

 

APHA: Transportation policy affects health. June/July 2009; 39(5): 2