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The PAPREN Transportation Work Group is a platform for community and collaboration among researchers and practitioners interested in research, evaluation and translation to practice at the intersection of health and transportation. Our unique approach emphasizes chronic disease prevention through active transportation, evaluation, and logistical support for projects. The Transportation Work Group will conduct rapid small-scale research and evaluation projects on topics such as impact of transportation system factors like funding, operations, decision making and infrastructure characteristics on physical activity behavior and health outcomes.


Angie Cradock, ScD, MPE
Angie Cradock, ScD, MPE
Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Karin Valentine Goins, MPH
Karin Valentine Goins, MPH
UMass Worcester Prevention Research Center
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Matthew Dean
Matthew Dean
Department of Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

Presentation – April 13

The Story of Story Maps: Creative Ways to Present GIS Data

Melody Geraci and Heather Schady, Active Transportation Alliance

Melody Geraci has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years and for Active Transportation Alliance since 2005. As Active Trans’ Deputy Executive Director, Melody serves as a top-level thought leader and strategic manager in pursuit Active Trans’ mission to advocate for walking, bicycling and public transit to create healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities in Chicagoland. Melody’s prior experience includes management of a diverse set of programs and projects in areas like affordable housing, disability advocacy and good government. She holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Heather Schady is the Senior Transportation Planner at Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans).  She is passionate about making streets safer and more accessible for people of all ages, abilities, and for all modes of travel.  Since joining Active Trans in 2009, Ms. Schady has worked with dozens of communities and school districts to plan for and design safe facilities for pedestrians and cyclists and craft Complete Streets policies.  She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree from Illinois State University in Sociology and German.

Meeting Time

2nd Tuesdays 1-2 ET / 12-1 CT / 11-12 MT / 10-11 PT

For meeting access information, contact Matt Dean (

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