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The Built Environment as a Social Determinant of Health: The Role of Laws and Policies

posted on Thu, Apr 6 2017 2:49 pm by Network for Public Health Law

Thursday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. (ET) View/download the slides.

Research shows the built environment can have a strong influence on people’s health. For example, the lack of sidewalks and bicycle or walking paths contributes to sedentary habits, which can lead to obesity. This webinar, co-sponsored by the Network and the CDC’s Public Health Law Program, will explore the built environment ― the places where we live, work, play and learn ― and how its regulations can have an effect on health. Presenters will discuss the relationship between the built environment and health, and the role of legal tools like comprehensive plans and zoning laws in ensuring the creation and development of healthier communities.


  • Kim Weidenaar, J.D., Deputy Director at the Network for Public Health Law - Western Region 
  • Sarah Stewart, M.P.H., M.Ed., Senior Public Health Specialist and Active Living Coordinator, Minneapolis Health Department
  • Kelly Rodgers, Executive Director, Streetsmart


  • Montrece McNeill Ransom, J.D., M.P.H., CDC Public Health Law Program


Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states; ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.