When

Fri, Mar. 08, 2024
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where

James A. Baker III Hall

Houston’s infrastructure poses a number of challenges to children’s safety. How can we establish a safe and active transportation culture for children in the greater Houston area?

At this event, Dr. Zoabe Hafeez, a Baker nonresident fellow and associate professor of pediatric hospital medicine at UTHealth Houston, will discuss hotspots for child pedestrian and bicyclist injuries in Houston. During this presentation, an analysis will be unveiled, featuring a top three list to spotlight the most high-risk transportation neighborhoods in the city. Following Hafeez’s presentation, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia will deliver a keynote address on the crucial importance of safe transportation for our children. Panelists will then delve into three critical areas: the inherent health benefits of safe and active transportation, urgent infrastructure needs in Houston, and effective policy solutions.

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Agenda

8:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am

Introduction

Rola El-Serag, M.D.
L.E. and Virginia Simmons Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Director, Center for Health and Biosciences, Baker Institute

9:05 am

Presentation 

Zoabe Hafeez, M.D.
Nonresident Fellow, Baker Institute; Associate Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, UTHealth Houston

9:30 am

Keynote Presentation

Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia

10:00 am Break

10:05 am

Panel I — Health Benefits of Active Transportation

Moderated by: Mary E. Aitken, MD, MPH, FAAP, Pediatrician-in-Chief at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital (CMHH); Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth

Robert Sanborn, Ed. D.
President & CEO, Children at Risk

Deborah Salvo, Ph. D.
Associate Professor of Kinesiology & Health Education Director, People, Health & Place Research Lab, The University of Texas at Austin
 

10:50 am

Panel II — Infrastructure Solutions: Small and Quick vs. Big and Slow

Moderated by: Zoabe Hafeez, M.D., Nonresident Fellow, Baker Institute; Associate Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, UTHealth Houston

James Keener
Engineering Specialist, Texas Department of Transportation

Ryan M. LeVasseur
Founding Principal, LeVass Ventures LLC

Parul Pillai
Built Environment Program Manager, Harris County Public Health

11:35 am Break

11:45 am

Panel III — Legislative Opportunities and Policy Options

Moderated by: Sandra McKay, M.D., FAAP, Huffington Fellow in Child Health Policy, Baker Institute

Sallie Alcorn
Houston City Council Member, At-Large Position 5 

Peter Eccles, AICP
Director of Policy and Planning, LINK Houston

Joe Cutrufo
Director of Bike Houston

12:25 pm

Closing Remarks

Zoabe Hafeez, M.D.
Nonresident Fellow, Baker Institute; Associate Professor, Pediatric Hospital Medicine, UTHealth Houston

12:30 pm

Adjourn

When

Fri, Mar. 08, 2024
8:30 am - 12:30 pm
(GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

Where

James A. Baker III Hall