Public Health

February 6, 2016, 7am PST
The case of the lead contaminated waters in Flint, Michigan has renewed a national discussion of lead poisoning in children across the United States.
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 4, 2016, 8am PST
Although the cities of the Roman Empire are typically regarded for their focus on health and hygiene, they may have struggled to manage many poor sanitation parasites.
Next City
January 31, 2016, 11am PST
While blame squarely lays with Michigan state officials, agencies, and possibly Gov. Rick Snyder himself, the EPA also played a role by both detecting the cause of the problem but not acting on the reports of improper treatment of river water.
Huffington Post
January 30, 2016, 5am PST
Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.) announced on Wednesday that the state is working to ensuring safe tap water for Flint residents. While there is no schedule to replace the corroded lead pipes, they are being treated to prevent further lead leaching.
Detroit Free Press
January 29, 2016, 1pm PST
New research reveals more of the details of how trees provide therapeutic effects for humans.
The New Yorker
January 27, 2016, 10am PST
Learning from the mishaps shown by state regulatory agencies in Michigan, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency wasted no time in beginning a criminal investigation resulting from reports of concentrations of high lead levels in some Ohio homes.
WFMJ-TV
January 26, 2016, 5am PST
The damage caused by Michigan environmental agencies charged with protecting public health extend far beyond Flint. Residents suffering health effects from a huge natural gas leak in Southern California see parallels with the lead poisoning crisis.
The New York Times
January 22, 2016, 9am PST
Reporting from the world's most polluted capital, Julie McCarthy speaks with Ari Shapiro on NPR's "All Things Considered." McCarthy talks glowingly about how successful the two-week trial went in reducing pollution and congestion even more so.
NPR
January 18, 2016, 8am PST
Following-up on the president's assertion in his State of the Union address to better manage coal and oil resources on federal lands to account for environmental and financial costs, the administration declared a 'pause' on issuing new coal leases.
US News & World Report
January 14, 2016, 7am PST
A case is made that Gov. Rick Snyder's handling of the lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan is analogous to former President George W. Bush's bungling of the crisis resulting after Hurricane Katrina touched-down on the Gulf coast in August 2005.
MSNBC
January 12, 2016, 11am PST
Michigan's mandatory motorcycle helmet law was repealed in April 2012. It only took a week for Dr. Carlos Rodriguez to notice an increase in patients not wearing a motorcycle helmet in his trauma unit in Grand Rapids, so he launched a study.
Huffpost Healthy Living
December 16, 2015, 6am PST
With economic, employment, and social benefits, food is much more than what we eat. Now Massachusetts has completed a comprehensive food plan in the hopes of doing better with the systems by which food is manufactured, bought, and consumed.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council
December 4, 2015, 8am PST
Planners and public health professionals in Maine are working together to increase opportunities for physical activity and active transportation.
Maine Association of Planners Front Page
November 25, 2015, 6am PST
$2.25 million in funding exemplifies the broadening focus of the American Planning Association on public health outcomes at the local level.
American Planning Association
November 13, 2015, 11am PST
A new tool from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control allows comparisons between state or metropolitan area on transportation and public health indicators.
Metro Magazine
November 6, 2015, 11am PST
An intrepid mapmaker and data cruncher has created a map that illustrates the ubiquity of fatalities on U.S. roads and highways.
Metrocosm
Blog post
October 28, 2015, 5am PDT
Though the role for planners in making it easier to walk was clear even before the U.S. Surgeon General urged communities to design and plan for walking, more information is needed to understand why and where people choose to travel on foot.
Steven Polzin
October 15, 2015, 7am PDT
The Idaho Plan4Health Coalition is exemplifying the role of planning in improving public health outcomes connected to healthy food and nutrition.
Plan4Health
September 26, 2015, 9am PDT
New research suggests that trees offer a "layer of protection" for cardiovascular disease.
Pacific Standard
September 25, 2015, 1pm PDT
Amidst the bad publicity coming from Volkswagen's engineered fraud on diesel emissions testing comes good news from California Air Resources Board: The cancer risk from airborne toxins, most of which come from burning diesel fuel, dropped 76 percent.
California Air Resources Board