When does increasing built environment amenities benefit health? | Gina Lovasi

Thu, April 13, 2023 3:30 PM at Hybrid: Zoom and In-Person at Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building (ISTB), 1st Floor 766 Service Rd

Gina S. Lovasi, PhD, MPH, Dornsife Associate Professor of Urban Health and Associate Dean for Education at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University, will present "When does increasing built environment amenities benefit health?" on Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 3:30 PM. This event will take place on the first floor of the ISTB Building located at 766 Service Road. A Zoom option is also available (see below).

The evidence longitudinally linking food retail establishments, walkable neighborhoods, and urban greenspaces to health across the life course is mixed.  Yet such built environment changes and related policy initiatives have been posited to have a role in reducing chronic disease risk factors.  Whether considering natural experiments or observational designs such as cohort studies with geographic linkage, greater coherence across the literature may require renewed attention to effect modifiers that can undermine or amplify health benefits.  In particular, the process of built environment change may generate resident concerns about belonging and displacement or augment resident social capital and activate use of public spaces.  We discuss future research directions to explore such effect modifications, including the possibility of formal experiments that juxtapose community-led versus top-down built environment change.

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Zoom Information
Meeting ID: 996 8648 3710
Passcode: epibio

Jointly sponsored by:

  • MSU Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences
  • MSU Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics