The Built Environment and Actual Causes of Death: Promoting an Ecological Approach to Planning and Public Health

Nisha D. Botchwey, Rachel Falkenstein, Josh Levin, Thomas Fisher, Matthew Trowbridge

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Abstract

This article reviews empirical scholarship on preventable actual causes of death—namely, physical activity, food, and traffic-induced injury–related built environment interventions that lead to health improvements. A systems perspective built on the ecological health model is offered that addresses social determinants of health- and place-based contexts. In doing so, this article offers examples of upstream approaches to address the actual causes of death and ends with guidance on planning practice, research, and teaching organized around the research divisions of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-281
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Planning Literature
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 21 2015

Keywords

  • community development
  • food system
  • health
  • quality of life
  • transportation
  • urban form

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