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Health and Transportation: Making the Connection

The Oregon Department of Transportation and the Oregon Health Authority - Public Health Division have entered into an agreement to work collaboratively to identify, develop and promote connections between public health and transportation. Through the use of shared research and data, ODOT and OHA are working together to improve decision making and problem solving, as well as finding opportunities to improve customer service.

How Transportation and Health Relate

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine, and other leading health organizations have reviewed a large body of evidence related to transportation behavior and health outcomes and concluded that specific policies and investment strategies can indeed have measurable impacts on health. By getting more Oregonians walking, biking, and using transit, we can:

  • Cut air pollution that contributes to respiratory and heart illnesses.
  • Reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries from crashes.
  • Increase physical activity to reduce rates of diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.
  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Alleviate the cost of transportation and health care on Oregon families.

Health and transportation also have a shared interest in serving vulnerable populations such as the elderly and persons with disabilities. Sidewalks which meet the Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines and quality transit and paratransit services are critical to these populations to maintain quality of life and ensure access to medical services, shopping, work and social engagement.

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Mary McGowan
ODOT Transportation Planning Unit

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