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Wednesday May 22, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
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Wakefield Public Safety Building 
1 Union Street
Wakefield, MA 01880


Public Transit and Driving Directions

The Wakefield Public Safety Building is conveniently located off Main St, and is accessible by the 136 and 137 MBTA bus routes. There is also plenty of parking in the parking lot in front of the building. 

Accessibility Accommodations

The room for this forum is located on the first floor of the Public Safety Building and is accessible through the main entrance. There are curb cuts in the sidewalk to get into the building.


Jennifer Erickson 
North Suburban Planning Council Coordinator


Sam Cleaves
North Shore Task Force Coordinator
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North of Boston
Planning and Public Health Forum

Sidewalks, trails, parks, and corner stores: what do these amenities have in common?


How healthy are the communities we live in and what can we do to make our environments healthier?


Join the Metropolitan Area Planning Council's North Suburban Planning Council and the North Shore Task Force at a forum that explores the intersections of planning and public health.

The urban planning field originated from the public health field nearly a hundred years ago. Growing evidence suggests how places are designed and built affects the health of the communities. Come learn about the elements that make communities healthy places to live, work and play and the role of urban planning in promoting healthy options and outcomes for people in our communities. Dinner will be provided.

Keynote Speaker: Lea-Susan Ojamaa, Director of the Division of Health and Wellness, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Local Presenters:

  • Steven Winslow, Senior Project Manager, Open Space and Recreation Planning, City of Gloucester
  • John Pelletier, Mass in Motion Coordinator, City of Salem
  • Kara Showers, Mass in Motion Coordinator, City of Melrose and Town of Wakefield
  • George Zambouras, Town Engineer, Town of Reading 

Dinner will be provided between 6:00 - 6:40 and the program will start promptly at 6:40.

Forum Goals:

  • Highlight why regional and local planning is important to public health and create opportunities for attendees to discuss connections between planning topics and public health.
  • Create opportunities for municipal and non-municipal attendees to network and share resources.
  • Create opportunities for municipalities to network with one another
We invite you to participate in the engaging discussion as we discuss cross-cutting topics with insights from a diverse body of participants.

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