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November 24, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Towns, One Coalition: Planning in Rural Communities

EHHDFounded in 2010, the Eastern Highlands (Connecticut) Health District Community Health Action Response Team’s (CHART) mission is to create healthy communities through policy, systems, environmental changes and health promotion programming; making healthy living easy.

The 10-town territory covered by the CHART coalition has many beautiful features, including parks, trails, and expansive natural areas. The 80,000 residents of these small towns, however, are often car-dependent and have limited access to active transportation options.

During the Plan4Health project period, CHART is dedicated to increasing the number of rural planning and zoning commissions (PZC), health district staff, and partners who believe they are equipped with the information, tools, and resources they need to increase opportunities for biking, walking, and playing in their communities. The toolkit will also help residents understand the planning and zoning process and encourage them to attend public meetings or to seek a position on the PZC as a means of creating positive change in the built environment.

Check out the latest installment of the Plan4Health podcast series featuring APA Connecticut Chapter President Emily Hultquist, who shares more about the impact of Plan4Health and how planning and public health professionals are working together in Connecticut:

To learn more about CHART and early successes from all of the coalitions, check out the new success story page on

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