University of Wisconsin–Madison

Global Health Tuesday: Moving Forward

Cities can use the Integrated Transport Health Impacts Model to help predict health and climate outcomes from measures to increase active travel, such as walking and bicycling.

Building on the 2012 ‘Triple-Win’ Study, which showed active transportation improves human health and reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, GHI researchers have continued to innovate on efforts to model the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation.

GHI researchers are making changes to the Integrated Transport & Health Impacts Model (ITHIM), integrating data on air quality, physical activity and more to estimate disease-specific morbidity and mortality. The results will help cities predict the health and climate benefits of smarter land use and planning decisions that promote active transportation, including biking and walking.

GHI Assistant Scientist Jason Vargo and Complementary and Integrative Health Research Fellow Maggie Grabow will discuss the GHI group’s efforts to improve implementation of ITHIM, originally developed at Cambridge University in England.

The GHI is team is producing software and refining datasets for the United States that will allow transportation planning agencies to include health in decision making.

Next up for Global Health Tuesday: Graduate Scholars Report, 4:30 p.m. February 28.