The Active Living Research Translating Research to Policy Award recognizes innovative teams or individuals representing research, policy and/or advocacy who have had success in catalyzing policy or environmental change of relevance to youth physical activity, sedentary behavior and obesity prevention. Our goal is to celebrate achievements, understand how success occurs, and share these stories so others will be inspired to use or adapt new and effective approaches.
2015 Translating Research to Policy Award Recipient
Deb Hubsmith, Founder of Safe Routes to School National Partnership
A passionate advocate for an active transportation movement, Deb is a Safe Routes to School pioneer and expert – having worked on projects since their inception in the U.S. in the mid-90’s. Deb led the campaign to establish the federal Safe Routes to School program in 2005, and has led efforts at state, regional and local levels to establish programs and funding. Throughout her tenure she has pushed on the importance of research to show the effectiveness of active transportation and the need for advocates to have credible evidence at their fingertips to help back the movement. Through Deb’s leadership she grew the National Partnership from its inception in 2005 through 2014 to now have a staff of 25, with 650 partner organizations, and an annual budget of $3.3 million/year.