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January 12, 2017 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Category: Seminar
Location: Integrative Biosciences Center Seminar Room 1D | Map
6135 Woodward Ave.
Detroit , MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty

The Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES) and Integrative Biosciences presents their Thursday afternoon seminar series on January 12, 2017 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the IBio Building in Seminar Room 1D located at 6135 Woodward Ave.

The guest speaker will be Jim Dunn, Ph.D., McMaster University. Dr. Dunn will present, "Policy Implementation Tools for Healthier Urban Form in Toronto’s Peel Region."

Dr. Dunn is professor of Health, Aging and Society at McMaster University, and a scentist at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. He is the director of the McMaster Institute for Healthier Environments and holds adjunct appointments at the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo. He is a leader in built environment and health research, with a special focus on collaboratively developed, intersectoral evidence-based policy implementation tools for healthier built environments. He led a team that developed the Peel Healthy Development Index and has done a significant amount of work to disseminate the index and support other municipalities to develop similar tools, which are essential to the application of evidence in this field.


With high rates of physical inactivity in North American cities has come an increasing awareness and a growing evidence based on the association between attributes of urban form and physical activity levels, obesity and diabetes. Despite its enduring nature, attributes of urban form can be modified to support greater levels of physical activity on a population basis, especially ‘utilitarian’ physical activity and active transportation.  In order to achieve such goals, supportive, inter-sectoral policies and policy implementation tools are necessary. However, there is a dearth of research that has developed and evaluated evidence-based, politically sensitive, administratively feasible, and market aware policy implementation tools. This presentation will describe the development of an evidence-based policy implementation tool known as the ‘Healthy Development Index’ based on the existing literature on urban form and physical activity, and its integration into the land development application process in the Region of Peel, a largely suburban regional municipality in the Greater Toronto Area. The presentation will highlight key elements of the HDI, will describe the inter-sectoral collaboration required, and will describe the current state and next steps for this and other policy implementation tools.

We hope you can join us for this interesting seminar!

For more information about this event, please contact Julie O'Connor at 3135775600 or julie.oconnor@wayne.edu.