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Designing Healthy Communities With Dr. Richard Jackson

June 19, 2012 - June 22, 2012
Salem, Eugene, Roseburg, Medford, Bend, and Portland, Oregon

"Health happens in the neighborhood, not the doctor's office." That's the mantra of noted public health and planning expert Dr. Richard Jackson, MD, MPH, a board member of Los Angeles Physicians for Social Responsibility. The UCLA professor and host of the PBS documentary Designing Healthy Communities offers plain advice for improving our health: it's in the shape of our neighborhoods and how we get around.

Oregon PSR is pleased to welcome Dr. Jackson to our state for a series of lectures in Salem, Eugene, Roseburg, Medford, Bend, and Portland from June 19th to June 22nd.

Dr. Jackson is a nationally renowned expert on how the built environment, including architecture and urban planning, affects health, especially the health of our children. Obesity, asthma, diabetes and heart disease are all aggravated by the auto-centric way we live our lives today. For the first time in two centuries, children today face shorter life expectancies than their parents due to unhealthy lifestyles. It doesn’t have to be this way. Dr. Jackson will talk about how well-designed communities and better transportation choices can enable physical activity and improve both our physical and mental health.

All of the talks are free, with the exception of Bend and Portland, which are co-hosted by the City Club of Central Oregon and City Club of Portland respectively (lunch or other refreshments are provided). Dr. Jackson will be speaking around the state at the following locations:

Tuesday, June 19th: Salem, OR

1:00 PM until 2:30 PM

Veterans’ Affairs Department Auditorium (700 Summer Street NE in Salem, next door to DLCD & the Agriculture Building)

RSVP to Constance Beaumont at 971-239-9475 or 503-373-0050, ext. 277.

Tuesday, June 19th: Eugene, OR

5:00 PM until 7:00 PM

Eugene Public Library, Bascom-Tykeson Room (100 West 10th Avenue in Eugene)

For more information, contact Terri Harding at 541-682-5635.

Wednesday, June 20th: Roseburg, OR

11:30 AM until 1:00 PM

Douglas County Library (1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd in Roseburg)

For more information, contact Burt Tate at 541-670-6156.

Wednesday, June 20th: Medford, OR

4:45 PM until 6:45 PM

Medford Library (205 South Central Avenue in Medford)

For more information, contact Nathan Broom at 541-608-2411.

Thursday, June 21st: Bend, OR

11:30 AM until 1:30 PM

St. Charles Center for Health and Learning (2500 NE Neff Road in Bend)

For more information, contact Karen Swirsky at 541-325-6927.

*Note: City Club of Central Oregon will handle registration for this event. Lunch tickets are $20 for City Club members and $35 for non-members. For registration information, visit the City Club of Central Oregon website.

Friday, June 22nd: Portland, OR

Lunch service begins at 11:15 AM, presentation from 12:15 PM until 1:15 PM.

Governor Hotel (614 Southwest 11th Avenue in Portland)

For more information, contact 1000 Friends of Oregon at 503-497-1000.

*Note: City Club of Portland will handle registration for this event. No registration required for general admission tickets, which are free for City Club members and $5 for the general public at the door. Registration is required for lunch or coffee/tea tickets. For registration and membership information, visit the City Club of Portland website.

AICP CM credits are available for all talks. 

This speaking tour was organized by the Education and Outreach Committee of the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association, 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Oregon Environmental Council, and the Oregon Transportation and Growth Management Program, which is proud to present the 2012 Healthy Communities Speaker Series. For more information about the Healthy Speaker Series, contact Becky Steckler at 503-889-6536.