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LLU School of Public Health, Esri Tout 2012 Healthy Communities Summit

The third-annual summit is scheduled Oct. 1-2 at Loma Linda University Centennial Complex, 24760 Stewart St., Loma Linda, and at Esri, 380 New York St., Redlands.

The Loma Linda University School of Public Health and Esri of Redlands are planning a summit billed as "a conversation about the physical environment we live in and its impact on our health," a university spokesman said this week.

The 2012 Healthy Communities by Design Summit: Place Matters is scheduled Oct. 1-2 at Loma Linda University Centennial Complex, 24760 Stewart St., Loma Linda, and at Esri, 380 New York St., Redlands.

Registration costs $49 to $114, and is available online at www.llu.edu/public-health/hcbd.

"The 2012 summit will bring together a cross section of leaders in policy, industry and academia to discuss community health, environmental design, and geotechnologies," university spokesman Herbert Atienza said.

The planned keynote speaker is Dr. Richard Jackson, chairman of the Environmental Health Sciences Department at University of California, Los Angeles, Atienza said.

Dr. Anthony Iton, senior vice president of Healthy Communities at The California Endowment will also speak, Atienza said.

"This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts the latest tools in designing a healthy community, network with leaders in the industry, and to see how new community planning approaches leverage geospatial technologies and health information to improve community health," Seth Wiafe, Health Geoinformatics Program academic director at LLU's School of Public Health, said in an announcement.

The summit is expected to help raise awareness of the relationship between natural and man-made environment community health, Atienza said.

"Summit participants will be able to hear and exchange ideas on environmental factors that affect health, and discuss new community planning approaches that incorporate health considerations," Atienza said.

Loma Linda University is a Seventh-day Adventist educational health-sciences institution with more than 4,300 students, located in the Inland Empire of Southern California.

Esri, also known as Environmental Systems Research Institute, develops geographic information systems for local, state and federal governments, public safety and military clients, as well as private sector businesses.

Esri has 2,900 U.S.-based employees, 350,000 clients, and 80 distributors worldwide, according to the business' website.

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