Saturday, January 4, 2020

#UrbanHealth - An 8-week class in Downtown Long Beach, CA

This class takes a healthy aging perspective to Long Beach’s urban core. Using international standards join in with your peers and experts to consider steps that would improve healthy aging in Long Beach. Find class material/links at

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Not sure if you want to attend....come to the first class Jan 7th at 12:00-1:30pm! We are located at 737 Pine Ave, entrance is behind building off of Solana Court, Look for CSULB sign! 

From density to transit and cultural resources to air quality the members of the class will consider strategies that improve the health of the person, and those that advance the health of the community.   

 Tentative Discussion Schedule 
(topics and speakers may change based on real-time availability)

Jan 7th - What’s important and what can be changed. Introducing WHO’s Healthy Aging Framework along with HAPI, Harvard’s Universal Design Principles
Jan 14th - Week Two – with Carole Sergy, North Pine Neighborhood Alliance neighborhood leader. Experience a curated walk in the downtownLB. Check out downtown! 

Jan 21st Week Three – Urban Transit develop key questions for Steve Gerhardt WalkLB.  Focus will the the intersection of physical mobility and the local economy. Current case study of the Anaheim Corridor.
Jan 28th Week Four – Urban Fitness Ayla Donlin, CSULB LifeFit Center. Dr. Donlin will consider with your input: Is Aging in Place the goal? In a community? Or in a neighborhood? Novel approaches to community-based wellness for older adults will be entertained.

Feb 4th Week Five– Urban Housing Intersection of household income and mental health – Jordan Wynne, EveryoneIn and Cynthia Chavez, Safe Refuge. Household narratives: How a disruption in household income may lead to serious mental health issues.

Feb 11th Week Six – Urban Climate – John Kindred, Environmental Alliance and Elizabeth Lambe, Los Cerritos Wetland. John and Elizabeth work to encourage residents to appreciate the intersection of our energy habits and consumer demand. Bottom line: What does trash tell us about our city? Link interactive map

Feb 18th Week Seven – Healthy Neighborhood Initiative – Chris Robson with Dawn Mendelson, Rose Park Neighborhood Association – Is there an effective intersection of residents with municipal entities and non-profits to alter community health?
Map/link of the week:  "Zip vs. Genetic Code"

Feb 25th Re-frame their own neighborhood in terms of Healthy Aging criteria via what’s important and what can be changed (as per first session). Recommend areas to improve healthy aging in the City of Long Beach.
Map/link of the week: City’sNeighborhood Map

Gretchen Swanson DPT MPH Dr. Swanson has a doctorate in physical therapy from USC and a master’s degree in public health from UCLA. She is active in the Age Well movement in Los Angeles, as well as, neighborhood building in the city of Long Beach. She is trained in universal design, trauma-informed approaches and peer education strategies with older adults. Known for her out-of-the-box thinking she provides a supportive environment to explore each student’s point-of-view.

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