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Ep 1 - Improving Public Health - Videos 1-4 (1/4)


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 54 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

Videos 1-4 (54 minutes)
Otana Fights for Clean Air (10:45)
More children in the U. S. die from the effects of air pollution than automobile accidents. Sixteen-year old high school science scholar, Otana Jakpor, lives in Riverside, California, a region with some of the worst air quality in our nation. Otana’s mother, a trained pediatrician, can no longer practice medicine because her severe asthma is aggravated by the poor air. Having seen her mother nearly die several times from this disease, Otana makes it her life’s mission to improve the air we all breathe, battling all the way to the White House.

Ports in a Storm (15:36)
Shipping ports are hubs of commerce for the transportation of goods overseas and within the US. The diesel engines fueling massive cargo ships, as well as the freight trains and trucks that transport goods to and from the ships, make the air quality around these ports some of the worst in our nation. Life expectancy near a thriving port is 25% less than in non-polluted areas. Lifetime West Oakland resident Margaret Gordon, 51, a grandmother and former housekeeper, decided to do something about her community’s polluted air after she saw her and her children’s health deteriorate further because of the dangerous amounts of diesel particulate spewing from the nearby Port of Oakland. Today, college trained, Margaret has become an important environmental citizen activist. As a result, she was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Port of Oakland where she helps oversee the massive cleanup underway to improve Oakland’s air.

Walkability With Expert Dan Burden
How do you make walking cool? Walkability expert (and one-of-a-kind) Dan Burden takes a group of UCLA college students on a walking audit in neighboring Westwood to show how a few design changes could radically re-imagine their community into a more people- friendly, less car-centric, community.

A Public Health Perspective: Four Experts Speak Out (16:00)
Four public health experts: Dr. Howard Frumkin, DrPH, MPH, MD; Cynthia Morrow, MPH ,MD; Anthony Iton, JD, MPH, MD, and Jonathan Fielding MPH, MA, MBA MD reveal the link between chronic disease and the poor design of public spaces. They discuss how redesigning communities can improve the health of our nation. Dr. Frumkin accompanies Designing Healthier Communities host Dr. Richard Jackson on a walking tour of Decatur, Georgia as an example of a well-designed, health-promoting urban community.