Effects of the Built Environment on Maternal and Child Health

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Date Developed: 11/10/2014. Source: U.S. Maternal and Child Health Bureau. Presenter(s): Gary Evans, PhD, Lynne Messer, PhD, MPH. Type: Webinar Archive. Level: Introductory. Length: 60 minutes.


We live, work, and play in our built environments—our neighborhoods, homes, businesses, workplaces, and streets—and the shape of the built environment is vitally important to our health. Our environments can promote health with facilities like accessible sidewalks, appealing parks, and green spaces, and can damage health when marred by pollution or poor water quality. While links between physical health and the built environment are clear, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the built environment can also affect the psychological health of women and children. This MCHB DataSpeak training will explore current research into how the built environment can influence reproductive health, child development, and mental health outcomes.

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UE8MC25742; MCH Navigator for $180,000/year. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.