Gifford Foundation Coordinates Inclusion of Syracuse in "Building Healthy Communities" Series for Public Broadcasting System

The Gifford Foundation has announced that the Media & Policy Center, award-winning producers of "And Thou Shalt Honor" and "Edens Lost & Found," has selected Syracuse for a segment on their upcoming documentary series entitled "Building Healthy Communities," which will be broadcast on the Public Broadcasting System in 2011.

Hosted by Dr. Richard J. Jackson, Chair and Professor of Environmental Public Health at UCLA's School of Public Health, "Building Healthy Communities" will visit locations across America that typify the public health challenges and offer best practice solutions to improving the nation's overall health by creating more sustainable and livable communities. Dr. Jackson was one of the first experts in the public health arena to suggest that the built environment was making people sick. The PBS series that is being developed focuses on innovative programs that are currently being developed to alleviate or at least mitigate the impacts of poor urban planning and environmental policy decisions.

Funding received thus far for the segment is provided by Syracuse University, the Gifford Foundation, the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, Alliance Bank, the Community Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, Centerstate CEO, Franciscan Management Services, National Grid, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center Foundation and Upstate Medical University. Filming will take place during the last week of July.

The producers came to know Syracuse this past spring when the Gifford Foundation presented one of their films, "Philadelphia: The Holy Experiment" (part of the "Edens Lost and Found" series on PBS) during Gifford's "What If..." Film Series at Redhouse Arts Center. Commenting on the strongly positive response to the screening, Gifford Foundation executive director Kathy Goldfarb-Findling noted, "As a small city, we frequently find real inspiration in seeing how we might learn from others."

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