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Summer School 2018 – Building Healthy/Safe/Inclusive Environments (Session Description)

We are pleased to share the final line-up of speakers and presentations for the Summer School session on Building Healthy/Safe/Inclusive Environments.

Safety and Risk – Finding the Right Balance – Presented by Dr. Ian Pike

Experiencing and managing risk is an essential element to healthy development, particularly among children.  This session focuses on the importance of risky play for children, and examines current parent and caregiver perceptions of risk and hazards, as well as the predominant ‘helicopter parenting’ approach.
Dr. Ian Pike is Director of the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit in Vancouver, BC; Professor of Pediatrics at the University of British Columbia; Investigator at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute; and Co-Executive Director for The Community Against Preventable Injuries (Preventable). His academic training is in health promotion and injury prevention, with particular emphasis on population health and the workplace. With some 30 years of experience in injury prevention and healthy lifestyle promotion, Dr. Pike has worked in the private, not-for-profit, and academic sectors.

Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit 2.0 – Presented by Jade Yehia

Our neighbourhoods and how they are built influence how healthy we are and how safe we feel. The Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit (2.0) describes how population health is influenced by the design of our neighbourhoods, housing, transportation systems, natural environments, and food systems.  It brings together health evidence and land-use planning. Furthermore, in this 2.0 version, research on social well-being shows us how our physical and mental health is also impacted, shaped by the communities in which we all live, work, and play.
Jade Yehia is Island Health’s Regional Built Environment Consultant. Her main objective is to promote health in land use planning, and building safe and inclusive communities is integral to this. Her background is in Geography, Public and Environmental Health.

Urban Planning (Crime Prevention & Community Engagement) – Presented by Steve Woolrich

Are we designing our streets and neighbourhoods to be truly safe and inclusive? Our built environment must support best practices and processes that achieve optimal outcomes. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) helps cities achieve this but the methodology is often misunderstood or not utilized to its full potential. We will explore 2nd Generations concepts and a Full Spectrum Approach including such principles as social cohesion, culture and placemaking to create compelling places that help us thrive.
Steve is the principal of Rethink Urban (RU), a company based in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, specializing in Community Safety and Engagement. Steve is an expert in Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) promoting a Full Spectrum Approach that supports People – Place – Connection. Steve is also serving his 2nd term on the Board of Directors with the Greater Victoria Placemaking Network focusing on safe, compassionate and inclusive streets in Victoria, BC.
The sessions will wrap up with a hands-on activity that will encourage participants to venture into nearby environments to observe and discuss what they learned about risky play, healthy built environments, crime prevention and social cohesion.