Built Environment Assessment: Multidisciplinary Perspectives

In SSM Population Health, Karen Glanz and colleagues examine how different disciplinary perspectives can contribute to environmental context-based assessment related to obesity.  The authors also make recommendations for encouraging effective advances in built-environment assessment. A multidisciplinary team of experts convened in 2013 to discuss how their respective disciplines can collaborate to integrate environmental assessment to prevent obesity. There has been significant progress in collaboration across key disciplines that contribute to studies of built environments and obesity, but important gaps remain. Using lessons from interprofessional education and team science, along with appreciation of and attention to other disciplines׳ contributions, can promote more effective cross-disciplinary collaboration in obesity prevention.