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Editorial Reviews


"This comprehensive, beautifully edited volume explains why and how our physical environment profoundly affects each of us, our family, our community, and our nation. A treasure of excellent chapters by well-respected experts, it is replete with practical wisdom on how to diagnose and ameliorate the wide range of environmental problems, with inspiring examples of success. Reading it is the equivalent of a top tier graduate level course in practical environmental health."
(Jonathan Fielding M.D., M.P.H., Professor of Health Services and Pediatrics, UCLA and Director of Public Health)

"The authors have crafted an exemplary look at the various components of community design that promote and support health. Through their perspective we see clearly how much community design matters to our health and well-being; and it matters a lot."
(Georges C. Benjamin M.D., Executive Director, American Public Health Association)

"The editors of this powerful volume put design squarely in the public health armamentarium. Both a guide and call to action, its well-researched chapters provide a foundation for profound change in design practice and education. The truly beautiful stairway is one that beckons us to use it—the same applies to sidewalks, parks, bike lanes, playgrounds, and public transportation."
(Daniel S. Friedman PhD, FAIA, Dean, College of Built Environments, University of Washington)

"Here's a book that mayors, health officials, developers, architects, planners and environmentalists will want to read and keep handy. Dannenberg, Frumkin, and Jackson call for big gains in public health, environmental and economic performance and provide the necessary advice to achieve such a transformation."
(John Norquist President of the Congress for the New Urbanism and former Mayor of Milwaukee, WI)

"Dannenberg ... et al. ...outline the major health issues that relate to the built environment, including physical activity, food, air and water quality, injury, mental health, and social bonds, and specific transportation and land use aspects. They also address how to create change, the future training of professionals, research, and urban health in low and middle-income countries."
(Reference & Research Book News)

"The book is an extensive, sometimes exhausting, overview of many related topics. The challenges it presents are sobering. The solutions it envisions are exciting. Landscape architecture is present throughout. Some may find it a "heavy lift" given its length and, in some instances, highly technical nature. But it is all there, providing landscape architects, architects, and planners with tools and strategies to think about how the built environment impacts our physical, mental, social, environmental, and economic well-being."
(ASLA's The Dirt blog)

"The book's introduction states it is primarily aimed at students but it would disappointing if this timely research fails to reach other audiences—in particular politicians at all levels of government."

"The editors seek to avoid technical jargon that might put off the students to whom the book is addressed."
(American Planning Association)

"The thesis is simple. The urban environment should be planned and built to encourage physical exercise, a healthy diet, low pollution levels, accessible nature necounters, and mental serenity."

"This book explores how the built environment continues to impact on health (and consequently life chances) and sets out how planners, policy makers, designers and educators can influence this dynamic and engage with the 'perfect storm of intersecting health, environmental, and economic challenges'."
(Urban Journal)

"Making Healthy Places, although it is not a theological work, is deeply theological in the vision of health that is seeking and is a book that not only must be read and discussed in churches, we must also allow it to shape our vision of what the mission of the church is in our particular places, and as such it is one of the most significant books that I've read this year!"
(Englewood Review of Books)

"It is just about the most authoritative and thorough examination of how our urban design (and house design) affects our health and wellbeing, and should be on the desk of every urban designer and planner as an important reference… I cannot imagine writing about urban issues involving food, health, safety or transportation without picking this up for a quote or a reference; it is going to be an essential tool."

About the Author

Andrew L. Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is an affiliate professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences and in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington in Seattle. He previously served as the team leader of the Healthy Community Design Initiative at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta.
Howard Frumkin, M.D., Dr.P.H., is Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Washington. He previously served as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at CDC, where he established programs in climate change and in the built environment. He is co-author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health (Island Press, 2004).
 Richard Jackson, M.D., M.P.H., is Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a pediatrician, and previously served as director of the National Center for Environmental Health at CDC and as the State Public Health Officer for California. He is co-author of Urban Sprawl and Public Health (Island Press, 2004).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1 edition (August 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597267279
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597267274
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #404,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Howard Frumkin is Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health. From 2005 to 2010, he was at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, first as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), and later as Special Assistant to the Director for Climate Change and Health. Under Dr. Frumkin's directorship, CDC launched its programs in Climate Change and in Healthy Community Design, strengthened and expanded its laboratory biomonitoring program, began environmental health training programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral students, and launched a National Conversation on Chemical Exposures and Public Health, designed to update and strengthen the nation's public health strategies regarding toxic chemical exposures. Before joining CDC he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Emory Medical School.

Dr. Frumkin currently serves on the Boards of the Bullitt Foundation, the Children and Nature Network, the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Research Institute, and the U.S. Green Building Council, on the National Research Council Committee on Sustainability Linkages in the Federal Government, on the Executive Committee for the Regional Open Space Strategy for Central Puget Sound, on the Yale Climate and Energy Institute External Advisory Board, on Procter & Gamble's Sustainability Expert Advisory Panel, and on the Advisory Board for the National Sustainable Communities Coalition. He previously served on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), where he co-chaired the Environment Committee; as president of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC); as chair of the Science Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA); on the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors; and on the Board of the National Environmental Education Foundation. As a member of EPA's Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee, he chaired the Smart Growth and Climate Change work groups. A graduate of the Institute for Georgia Environmental Leadership, he was named Environmental Professional of the Year by the Georgia Environmental Council in 2004. His research interests include public health aspects of the built environment, climate change, energy policy, and nature contact; toxic effects of chemicals; and environmental health policy. He is the author or co-author of over 200 scientific journal articles and chapters, and his books include Urban Sprawl and Public Health (Island Press, 2004, co-authored with Larry Frank and Dick Jackson; named a Top Ten Book of 2005 by Planetizen, the Planning and Development Network), Emerging Illness and Society (Johns Hopkins Press, 2004, co-edited with Randall Packard, Peter Brown, and Ruth Berkelman), Environmental Health: From Global to Local (Jossey-Bass, 2005 and 2010), Safe and Healthy School Environments (Oxford University Press, 2006, co-edited with Leslie Rubin and Robert Geller), Green Healthcare Institutions: Health, Environment, Economics (National Academies Press, 2007, co-edited with Christine Coussens), and Making Healthy Places: Designing and Building for Health, Well-Being, and Sustainability (Island Press, 2011, co-edited with Andrew Dannenberg and Dick Jackson).

Dr. Frumkin received his A.B. from Brown University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. from Harvard, his Internal Medicine training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge Hospital, and his Occupational Medicine training at Harvard. He is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Collegium Ramazzini, and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jijnasu Forever VINE VOICE on August 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
In a thorough, well-cited and comprehensive look at socio-economic-political factors and the ecosystem issues surrounding various facets of healthcare/wellness, the editors successfully present a wide cross-section of research. This collection of semi-autonomous chapters provide a compelling summary of research in these related fields while arguing for a more systematic and systems-thinking approach to the problems on healthcare/wellness. While potentially an excellent text book for advanced undergraduate or graduate courses, for a practitioner or a researcher in this field, the collection under-delivers in a couple of critical issues- the role of technology and the increasing digital dexterity of the average person - as a part of the solution is completely ignored. A less critical issue is that while the authors provide confidence (and hope) in these research areas, its applicability in retrofitting our existing infrastructures/systems seems quite weak - most ideas seem more appropriate if one were to build a system from scratch - or perhaps, that's a key point the editors are conveying. Nevertheless, this is a treasure trove for a policy wonk, students or researchers of a variety of disciplines, and anyone who is curious to understand how a range of disciplines are converging to attempt solutions for an issue that impacts everyone.

(Review based on an advance copy provided by publisher via NetGalley and adapted from my blog)

The book is organized in 5 parts. By providing a detailed landscape of the research in the various disciplines, the key issues in preventive care, evidence generation and public planning and the inter-relation of various disciplines is made very clear in the first part.
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By Jacqueline Tran on December 9, 2014
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Being that I had to study this book from beginning to and end, I wish they wouldve made this book easier to read. Trust me when I say they could have put more key words or not cite so much. I don't know, overall, the person who sold it to me, was cool so 3/5 stars.
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By SL55 on March 11, 2013
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Good read to help planners comply with all of the healthy community and sustainability issues being advocated by "those who know better."
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Excellent book on a timely subject. A must read for policy makers, planners, designers/archeticts
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia De Leon on February 5, 2013
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This book has been an excelent tool for my research project at the phD.
Easy to find the information I need.
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