Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by members of the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions.
Coalitions work with communities to increase access to healthy food or increase opportunities for active living where residents live, work, and play. The Plan4Health project aims to build local capacity to address population health goals and promote the inclusion of health in non-traditional sectors.
Coalitions are made up of APA chapters, APHA affiliates, local non-profits, schools, parks and recreation departments, universities – and more. These coalitions are working to launch and to strengthen strategies for healthy planning.
Planning in the United States originated with a public health focus, and joined public health in the shared purpose of urban reform and disease prevention. The two professions have diverged, but these common roots reflect shared values: the built environment impacts all aspects of our health. By leveraging the complementary skills and expertise of planners and public health professionals, Plan4Health seeks to expand innovative tactics to address tough problems.
As planners and public health professionals, Plan4Health coalitions engage community members to make changes that will lead to healthier places. By bringing together the strengths of planning and public health — and building partnerships with organizations from a range of sectors and perspectives — Plan4Health hopes to be a catalyst for collective action toward a healthier future.
Plan4Health is a three-year project designed to strengthen the connection between the planning and public health professions. Two Plan4Health cohorts worked in communities across the country. Planners4Health, the final iteration of Plan4Health, focused on integrating health at APA.