December 29, 2016 1:41 PMCategory: Health Equity

Resources – What’s available on the Plan4Health website?

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As 2016 draws to a close, Plan4Health continues to share new resources, news, and information about the project on the website. The website contains dedicated pages for each coalition as well as information on the national partnership between APA and APHA and a library of resources. A key aspect of the project is making sure the Plan4Health […]

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December 1, 2016 5:36 PMCategory: Health Equity

November Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from November: November 1, 2016 – Does Living in Poor Neighborhood Up Stroke Risk? November 2, 2016 – Lazy Summer Days Mean Weight Gain for Young Kids November 3, […]

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November 22, 2016 1:30 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Get Moving with APHA’s Steps Challenge

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For the second year in a row APHA will coordinate a steps challenge to encourage physical activity and strive for the goal of reaching one billion collective steps. The challenge, appropriately named APHA’s 1 Billion Steps Challenge, is open to everyone and is supported by StrideKick, who has once again offered users free access to […]

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November 15, 2016 2:08 PMCategory: Health Equity

APHA Launches Campaign for National Public Health Week 2017

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With more than 11,000 public health advocates and professionals in Denver for the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting & Expo, APHA excitedly announced the launch of National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2017. Taking advantage of the attention and rapt audience, NPHW was featured in the APHA Annual Meeting Blog during the meeting. Read the story, NPHW […]

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November 8, 2016 4:03 PMCategory: Health Equity

APHA Annual Meeting Recap

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APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo has come and gone but its impact will carry-on into the forseeable future. Public health students, professionals and advocates gathered in Denver for nearly a week of scientific and poster sessions, educational opportunities, Plan4Health was featured throughout the conference in a variety of sessions and meetings. On Monday, Oct. 31, a […]

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November 1, 2016 12:51 PMCategory: Health Equity

October Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from October: October 3, 2016 – More Research Cites Salt’s Potential Health Risks Conventional wisdom says too much salt is bad because it can lead to high blood pressure. And […]

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October 25, 2016 12:46 PMCategory: Health Equity

The APHA Annual Meeting Begins this Weekend!

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APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo, themed ‘Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health’, is just a few days away and thousands of public health advocates and practitioners are preparing to arrive in Denver. Make sure to check out the online schedule and digital program for a complete list of events set to take place. Of note, […]

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October 18, 2016 4:19 PMCategory: Health Equity

Income is a Social Determinant of Health

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Income can influence many aspects of a person’s life, including their health, where they live and the education that they receive. A plethora of research has shown that people with lower incomes tend to have poorer health in addition to being less likely to have health insurance. In the U.S., there are significant differences in […]

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October 11, 2016 12:50 PMCategory: Health Equity

Housing is a Social Determinant of Health

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As the old saying goes, home should be ‘where the heart is’, but for many, it’s where the health risks are. Recognizing housing as a social determinant of health, and how we can create and ensure healthy homes, is key to increasing health equity and creating a more healthy nation. Check out the these healthy […]

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October 4, 2016 1:28 PMCategory: Health Equity

September Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from September: 9/1/2016 – Tapping Apps and the Internat Really Does Rev Up Heart Health Let’s get digital. Many people who tap the internet and their mobile devices for help […]

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September 27, 2016 12:44 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

September 29th is World Heart Day

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Created by the World Heart Federation, World Heart Day (WHD) is a time to unite in the fight against cardiovascular disease (CVD) in efforts to reduce the global disease burden and inspire heart-healthy living across the world. So, what is CVD? Any disease of the heart, vascular disease of the brain, or disease of the […]

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September 20, 2016 1:24 PMCategory: Health Equity

Park(ing) Day

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Park(ing) Day is a day for citizens, artists, and activists to collaborate and temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public spaces. Started in 2005 by the Rebar Group, Inc., this annual event has evolved from one space to a global movement. Although temporary, the hope is that Park(ing) Day inspires people to participate in the civic […]

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September 13, 2016 11:01 AMCategory: Health Equity

APHA Annual Meeting Preview

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APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo will bring together more than 12,000 public health advocates and professionals to network, share experiences, educate and learn. This year’s meeting will take place in Denver, CO from October 28 to November 2 and is themed ‘Creating the Healthiest Nation. Ensuring the Right to Health.” Ensuring the right to health means […]

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September 6, 2016 11:34 AMCategory: Nutrition

September is Fruits and Veggies – More Matters Month

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The importance of proper nutrition is well-known and fruits and vegetables are key parts to a healthy diet. To help recognize their importance, September has been designated as Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® Month. This observance is focused on helping Americans increase fruit and vegetable consumption for improved health. This initiative is lead by the Produce for Better Health Foundation, […]

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September 1, 2016 2:23 PMCategory: Health Equity

August Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from August: 8/1/2016 – Order Lunch Early, Lose Weight Later? You might be able to cut your calorie intake by ordering meals before you’re actually hungry, a new study suggests. […]

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August 30, 2016 5:40 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Walk Audits in Austin

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Walk audits are an excellent tool to critically evaluate the safety, comfort, and aesthetics of a street’s walkable landscape. These facilitated walks are meant for interdisciplinary groups of community stakeholders with the following goals in mind: To guide people to experience and assess the physical activity and healthy eating “friendliness” of an area. To inspire and […]

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August 23, 2016 12:17 PMCategory: Health Equity

Education is a Social Determinant of Health

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Education, as with other social determinants of health, plays a major role in a person’s overall health and well-being. Education can affect us throughout our lifetime and has been shown to increase healthy behaviors and improve health outcomes, including obesity rates. Early education is especially important because it sets the foundation for a healthy life. Beyond early […]

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August 16, 2016 5:24 PMCategory: Health Equity

Sacramento Regional Meeting Recap

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This past week Plan4Health coalitions from around the country came together in Sacramento to participate in a multi-faceted meeting over the course of three days. Here, attendees had opportunities to meet and learn from one another as well as many guest speakers, share experiences and get out in the community to see the impact of […]

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August 9, 2016 2:27 PMCategory: Nutrition

National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13

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National Farmers Market Week is a time to recognize and celebrate our local farmers markets and the important role they play in the health and well-being of communities throughout the nation. During the past five years the U.S. has seen a significant increase – nearly 50 percent – in the number of operating farmers markets. […]

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August 2, 2016 1:45 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

July Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from July: July 5 – Modern Lifestyle Primary Culprit for Obesity Epidemic: Study It looks like the primary culprit behind the obesity epidemic may be the modern-day environment, and […]

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July 26, 2016 3:18 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

New Report from Safe Routes to School – Using Data to Foster Walking and Biking to School

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Safe Routes to School National Partnership, with support from APHA, recently released a new report demonstrating the value of access to data to improve walking and biking programs, inform decision-making, and evaluate efforts to encourage walking and biking. The report, “Safe Routes to School By the Numbers: Using Data to Foster Walking and Biking to […]

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July 19, 2016 1:14 PMCategory: Health Equity

CDC Celebrates Seven Decades of Firsts

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On July 1, 1946, what was then known as the Communicable Disease Center (CDC), was founded as part of the United States Public Health Service with an initial focus on fighting malaria. Today, known as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC is a global leader in public health and the premiere health […]

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July 12, 2016 2:24 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Partnering with GirlForward in Austin, TX

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Girl Forward, a program that provides refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, strives to create a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent so that they grow into women who can successfully support themselves, their families and their community. Visit the organizations […]

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July 5, 2016 1:58 PMCategory: Nutrition

Square Foot Gardens in Thomas County, KS

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Have you ever wanted to create a community garden but thought: I just don’t have the time, resources, or space? Though community gardens are a great way to get people active while creating a new source for healthy food, they can take a lot of work to develop and maintain. Luckily, there are options. Square […]

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July 1, 2016 2:17 PMCategory: Health Equity

June Health News

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from June: June 1: Draft guidance to food industry for voluntarily reducing sodium in processed and commercially prepared food Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued draft guidance for […]

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June 28, 2016 1:28 PMCategory: Health Equity

Get to Know Social Determinants of Health

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We all know that health is influenced by many things. The social determinants of health, or the conditions in which you live, learn, work and play can play a major role in your health and overall well-being. These include many things, some examples being violence, poverty, education and access to care. The social determinants of health […]

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June 14, 2016 1:19 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

June is Men’s Health Month

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“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Unfortunately, this old adage may not be actively taken to heart for a large part of the U.S. population – Men. In the U.S., men have higher rates for many of the leading causes of death, including heart disease and diabetes (Centers for Disease Control and […]

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June 7, 2016 1:26 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

New Resources: CLAS Standards and Cultural Competence

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Creating healthier communities involves many things, including cultural competence and an understanding of the needs and differences of all represented cultures. Living in the U.S. affords us the opportunity to live, work, and play with people of many different cultures from around the world, though this means that what may work for some may not […]

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June 6, 2016 1:30 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

In Case You Missed It: Health News – May

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Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity and chronic disease. Please see below for select stories from May: May 3: Social Service Shortfalls Hinder Health, Boost Medical Spending States that spend more money on social services and public health programs relative to medical care have […]

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May 24, 2016 1:09 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

A Refresher on Health Equity

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Many projects are designed with equity in mind, but achieving health equity in a community is no easy task. Getting to the root issues of why inequities exist can be complex, time consuming and takes the buy-in and contributions of traditional and non-traditional cross-sector partners. As projects evolve it’s important to continue to look at […]

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May 10, 2016 1:26 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

May is American Stroke Month

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Stroke is a major health concern both in the U.S. and abroad, with someone experiencing a stroke about once every 40 seconds and someone dying from a stroke every four minutes (American Heart Association, 2016). Stroke is one of the leading causes of both death and long-term disability in the U.S. (AHA, 2016). Awareness is key […]

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April 26, 2016 5:45 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Every Kid Healthy Week Is April 25–29

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Health is impacted by where we live, learn, work, and play. For kids, that means their school environment has a large influence on their overall health. Healthy kids learn better, and all kids should be given that opportunity. Organized by Action for Healthy Kids, Every Kid Healthy™ Week helps to recognize the efforts of schools throughout […]

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April 12, 2016 8:26 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week Recap

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National Public Health Week (NPHW) has come and gone and thanks to the support of public health advocates around the country it was another great success! This year, nearly 400 local, state, national, and federal organizations signed-up as partners to help raise awareness around the importance of public health. Just as he did in 2015, […]

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April 4, 2016 8:33 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week Starts Today!

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Today marks the beginning of National Public Health Week 2016 (NPHW)! Coordinated by the American Public Health Association (APHA), NPHW is a time to educate our nation on the importance of public health and to raise awareness about the role public health plays in the well-being of our nation. To kick-off the week, President Barack Obama has […]

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March 22, 2016 2:46 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week is April 4 – 10, 2016

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The value of public health is often overlooked but can’t be overstated. Public health is a multi-faceted field that works together to promote and protect the health all of people and communities. Public health efforts are believed to have added nearly 25 years to the average life expectancy of people in the United States this […]

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March 8, 2016 6:24 PMCategory: Nutrition

March is National Nutrition Month

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The chronic disease burden throughout the nation is staggering. In the U.S. nearly 35 percent of adults and 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2-19 years are classified as obese (CDC, 2015; CDC, 2015). Nearly 29.1 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and two-thirds of adults in the U.S. can be categorized as either […]

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February 24, 2016 6:53 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

February is American Heart Month

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February is American Heart Month, and the American Heart Association has been sponsoring this national reminder about the importance of heart health for over 50 years. Heart disease is a major issue for both men and women in the U.S. and abroad. Each year, 25 percent of deaths in the U.S. and 17.3 million deaths worldwide can […]

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February 9, 2016 3:23 PMCategory: Nutrition

Increasing Healthy Food Access Through Mobile Vending

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Increasing access to healthy food is major issue in the U.S. and a key focus for many of the Plan4Health coalitions. Plan4Health Tarrant County, from Fort Worth, Texas, is thinking of creative ways to increase access to healthy foods in an area where many residents live within identified food deserts with high numbers of unhealthy food […]

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January 26, 2016 10:32 PMCategory: Nutrition

Improving Food Access: Examples from across the U.S.

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Our current food system fails to promote public health and suppresses economic opportunity. Diet-related chronic diseases are numerous and include hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. Low-income communities are especially vulnerable to these poor outcomes with low-income communities and communities of color being disproportionately affected. A new report issued by the Union of Concerned Scientists, titled […]

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December 22, 2015 8:31 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Transit Adventures in Austin

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Austin’s Plan4Health Pilot Program has demonstrated an exceptional ability to engage community partners and achieve cross-sector buy-in throughout the community. City staff were invited to attend a local neighborhood association meeting and spoke about different opportunities within the community — including some creative new ideas, like transit adventures. Here’s a scenario: You need to get downtown but […]

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December 8, 2015 9:20 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planning for the Future: Sustainability

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Understanding the importance of sustainability and preparing to carry a project forward are important factors that should be considered from the beginning of a project. The CDC defines sustainability as a community’s ongoing capacity and resolve to work together to establish, advance, and maintain effective strategies that continuously improve health and quality of life for all. It’s […]

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November 18, 2015 3:36 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health Stories of Success

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It wasn’t long ago that Plan4Health coalitions began to implement project strategies and it’s been exciting to see all of the progress that has been made. To highlight the great work that’s being done, success stories were made for all 18 coalitions. Each story, as well as one from the national partnership between APA and APHA, […]

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November 10, 2015 6:32 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planning and Prevention: November Is Diabetes Awareness Month

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By improving access to healthy food and implementing strategies to promote physical activity, Plan4Health coalitions are addressing chronic disease in their communities. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S. and the numbers of those afflicted is staggering. Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. are diabetic, with an estimated 86 million […]

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October 27, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

A Day in the Park: Understanding Health Equity

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There are many things to consider when addressing health issues within our communities, including equity. Health equity is achieved when all people are provided with a fair opportunity to realize their full health potential. This, of course, is much easier said than done. It’s important to understand and recognize what may impact equity in your […]

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October 15, 2015 6:15 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

What Is Plan4Health?

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The American Public Health Association’s Public Health Newswire published a conversation between APA’s Anna Ricklin and APHA’s Susan Polan. Check out the full article below. If you are attending the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting in Chicago, continue the conversation at the intersection of planning and public health on Monday, November 2, at Cross-Sectoral Approaches to Creating Healthy […]

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