GS&P’s Mike Sewell Presents at Planning for Healthy Communities Conference

Senior Transportation Engineer Discusses Relationship Between Transportation and Healthcare

November 08, 2017   |   Louisville,  Ky.   |   Events

Gresham, Smith and Partners announces that Senior Transportation Engineer Mike Sewell, P.E., presented at the Planning for Healthy Communities Conference on November 2 in Mooresville, N.C. Along with Charlotte Area Transit System Planner Jason Lawrence, Sewell discussed the connection between transportation and healthcare market sectors, advocating that well-planned transportation initiatives can significantly improve public health by providing mobility options that support active lifestyles. 

“I enjoyed discussing the relationship between transportation and healthcare market sectors at this year’s Planning for Healthy Communities Conference,” commented Sewell. “I believe that transportation projects can significantly support public health by providing parks, trails and greenways that encourage people to get outside and be active, and by making it easier and safer to opt for alternative modes of transportation. The Charlotte community’s robust transit network and expansive greenway system are a great example of active transportation opportunities. The conference offered a great opportunity to drive discussions relative to the advancement of healthy communities.”
 
A summary of the presentation follows.
 
Engineering Healthy Communities
Presentation by Mike Sewell, P.E., and Jason Lawrence
 
Transportation and healthcare. On the surface, the two market sectors seem worlds apart. In this presentation, Sewell and Lawrence explored the relationship between healthcare and transportation, reasoning that the markets are more related than one might think. Through project examples in Kentucky and North Carolina, the duo demonstrated ways that well planned transportation initiatives can significantly support public health by creating safer roadways for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, improving air quality and encouraging active, healthy lifestyles. 

“I believe that transportation projects can significantly support public health by providing parks, trails and greenways that encourage people to get outside and be active, and by making it easier and safer to opt for alternative modes of transportation. ”

Mike Sewell, P.E., senior transportation engineer, GS&P
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