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''Building for Health: Improving Our Cities, Homes and Lives''


"How does where we live impact our health? It's a big and complex question, but Richard Jackson, MD, MPH is leading the way towards answers -- and interventions.

Jackson is a longtime leading figure in public health circles. Trained in pediatrics at UCSF and public health at UC Berkeley, he is currently professor and chairman of Environmental Health Sciences at UCLA's School of Public Health. Prior to that he has been California's State Health Officer and Director of the CDC National Center for Environmental Health.

Over the past decade much of Jackson's focus has been on the 'built environment' -- our homes, cities, streets, institutions -- affect our health. He has served on the board of directors of the American Institute of Architects and has written and spoken extensively in this arena. He has both recent books and a new television series titled Designing Health Communities, which premieres on PBS in February and is available on DVD. Episodes in the 4-part series include 'Retrofitting Suburbia', "Rebuilding Places of the Heart," "Social Policy in Concrete," and "Searching for Shangri-La." Such titles might lead one to suspect Dr. Jackson is a man with his head in the clouds, but he remains a pragmatist who is able to retain lofty goals in terms of healthy futures."

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Jan 24, 2012

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