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April 27, 2017 9:35 AMCategory: Health Equity

Partnering4Health Final Meeting with APA, AHA, and NWA

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Last week, Plan4Health coalitions joined grantees from the American Heart Association and the National WIC Association, along with representatives from the CDC, to discuss success, challenges, and next steps for the 97 communities funded through the Partnering4Health program. The meeting was held in Denver, Colorado, providing many opportunities for learning about the local healthy communities […]

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April 26, 2017 4:12 PMCategory: Health Equity

Communicating Equity with Policymakers, Community and Cross-Sector Partners

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Communicating about equity is virtually unlike any other strategic communications enterprise. It must consider the various counter narratives (e.g., equality, undeservingness, merit) that shape the public conversation as well as the social and cognitive drivers of how we make meaning of race, class, gender, justice and fairness. This session will provide information on how the […]

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April 26, 2017 4:10 PMCategory: Health Equity

Building and Unleashing Community Power to Advance Health Equity

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Communities experiencing the greatest health inequities often have the least power to influence the institutions, decisions, and resource allocations that significantly impact health outcomes. Health equity approaches should consider power and community leadership, especially by those most affected by inequities, in the co-creation of conditions in which people can reach their full health potential. This […]

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April 16, 2017 3:58 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session Three: Applying an Equity Lens

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The third webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series takes a deep dive into equity, a theme that flows through the entire webinar series. Participants will learn about the differences between equality and equity and the role equity plays in building healthy communities. Applying an equity lens to all aspects of a project is key, with […]

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April 13, 2017 9:50 AMCategory: Health Equity

Highlights from National Public Health Week 2017

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Thanks to your participation, National Public Health Week 2017 was a big hit! Millions of people across the nation helped raise awareness of the importance of public health, celebrate successes, and share ideas for making the U.S. the healthiest nation by 2030. In case you missed anything, here are some of the major activities that […]

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April 11, 2017 4:29 PMCategory: Health Equity

GREEN STREETS: A Health Impact Assessment of the Lawrence Green Streets Program

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This post was originally posted here. In recognition of National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017) and in the spirit of APA’s Plan4Health Project, the APA-MA Chapter and SCD Division of APA just released a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment on the Benefits of Streets Trees in the built environment. The physical environment in which we […]

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April 10, 2017 11:52 AMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health: A new approach to advancing practice at the intersection of planning and public health

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APA’s widely successful Plan4Health program will continue to promote planning for healthy communities and chronic disease prevention in 2017 with Planners4Health.  Planners4Health offers a new approach to advancing practice at the intersection of public health and planning. Participating APA chapters will create cross disciplinary task forces to further develop policies, partnerships, and place-based programs connecting […]

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April 7, 2017 3:17 PMCategory: Health Equity

March 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 March: March 1 – Benefits of physical activity may outweigh impact of obesity on cardiovascular disease March 6 – Unscrambling the Nutrition Science on Eggs March 7 – […]

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April 6, 2017 1:19 PMCategory: Health Equity

What We Measure Matters for Healthy Communities

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This was originally posted here on APA’s blog. In creating healthy communities, what we measure matters. The data we use, metrics we measure with, and methodologies we employ are key components in the effort to build healthy, vibrant communities. On March 8, planners and public health professionals came together to discuss the importance of measurement […]

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April 3, 2017 2:12 PMCategory: Health Equity

National Public Health Week 2017

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Today is the first day of National Public Health Week (NPHW) 2017 and we hope you’re excited!  This year’s NPHW will take place from April 3-9.  We are celebrating NPHW and bringing together communities across the U.S. to recognize the contributions of public health and educate the community on important issues for improving the health of […]

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March 22, 2017 4:03 PMCategory: Health Equity

Today is World Water Day – Why Wastewater?

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March 22 is World Water Day. First designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, World Water Day is managed by UN-Water in partnership with governments and organizations. This year’s World Water Day theme is Why Wastewater. The theme focuses on how we can improve the collection and treatment of wastewater in order to reuse it. […]

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March 20, 2017 11:53 AMCategory: Health Equity

Greater Good Studio to Launch Social Labs Project to Build Healthier Communities for Children

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Check out Greater Good Studio’s recent press release to learn more about the launch of Raising Places: Greater Good Studio (GGS), a human-centered design firm focused on social impact, announced the launch of Raising Places, a new project supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The project uses a labs-based approach to […]

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March 16, 2017 9:00 AMCategory: Health Equity

Infinite Earth Radio Podcast features Plan4Health

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  Plan4Health was recently featured on the Infinite Earth Radio podcast- listen to the episode here! The Infinite Earth Radio podcast is a weekly podcast produced by Skeo in association with the Local Government Commission. Infinite Earth Radio is committed to spreading ideas that lift up and revitalize marginalized neighborhoods and build great 21st century […]

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March 14, 2017 11:51 AMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session Two: What We Measure Matters: Metrics, Data, Sources, and Methodologies

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On Wednesday, March 8th, planners and public health professionals participated in the second webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series. The session focused on the importance of measurement in building healthy communities. The panelists, from Prevention Institute, Georgia Tech School of City & Regional Planning, and Health by Design, brought a range of perspectives and expertise. They discussed data sources traditionally used in the […]

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March 13, 2017 6:59 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Webinar: What We Measure Matters — Metrics, Data, Sources, and Methodologies

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The second webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on the importance of measurement in building healthy communities. Participants will learn about different data sources traditionally used in the public health and planning fields while discussing the challenges of working with data and the opportunities it can afford. An important component of this session is […]

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March 2, 2017 9:19 AMCategory: Health Equity

February 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 February: February 1 – Increased food assistance benefits could result in fewer ER visits February 6 – Diet quality improves fitness among the fittest February 8 – Older adults who […]

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February 28, 2017 2:42 PMCategory: Health Equity

APA Colorado features Plan4Health

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  An article in the APA Colorado Chapter’s publication, Planning Matters, focused on health and the environment. The issue opens with a piece about the Health Communities Coalition, the Plan4Health coalition in Eagle County, CO. The coalitions has been examining the impacts of healthy eating and active living (HEAL) policies on a county-wide scale. Findings from […]

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February 23, 2017 2:33 PMCategory: Health Equity

Plan4Health: Community Engagement for a Healthy, Active Austin

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SUMMARY: Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. The Plan4Health Pilot Program, launched by the City of Austin, seeks to increase physical activity […]

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February 21, 2017 1:48 PMCategory: Health Equity

AHA Cardiovascular Disease Report

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Last week, the American Heart Association released a report about the future of cardiovascular disease. “Cardiovascular Disease: A Costly Burden for America” makes prevalence and cost projections for cardiovascular disease through 2035. It shows that nearly half of the US population will suffer from cardiovascular disease by 2035 with costs projected to exceed $1 trillion. […]

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February 13, 2017 2:01 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session One: Assessing the Healthy Communities Landscape

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On Wednesday, February 8th, close to 300 people participated in the first webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series. The session focused on the healthy communities movement, including approaches to evaluating the political, social, and economic landscape of the healthy communities movement. The panelists, from Prevention Institute, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, and the […]

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February 10, 2017 7:55 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session One: Assessing the Healthy Communities Landscape

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The first webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on the healthy communities movement and builds the context for this work. Participants will learn about approaches to evaluating the political, social, and economic landscape of the healthy communities movement while discussing options for pushing forward a healthy communities agenda in a variety of settings. There […]

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February 8, 2017 1:18 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

February is American Heart Month

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Did you know that about 2,200 Americans die each day from cardiovascular diseases? That’s about one every 40 seconds. Cardiovascular diseases claim more lives than all forms of cancer combined. February is American Heart Month, and is an excellent time to educate communities that cardiovascular disease can often be prevented by making healthy choices and […]

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February 1, 2017 10:36 AMCategory: Health Equity

January 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 January:     January 3: Gun violence should be treated as a public health crisis, study says January 4: APHA to Congress: We oppose repeal of Affordable […]

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January 25, 2017 6:07 PMCategory: Health Equity

APA News Release: Building Local Capacity to Connect Planning and Public Health

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See original news release on the APA website. The American Planning Association (APA) is providing $1.5 million in funding to 28 of its chapters through the Planners4Health initiative to continue to create stronger, healthier communities. The initiative will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level. The six-month initiative […]

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January 25, 2017 4:16 PMCategory: Health Equity

Building Local Capacity to Connect Planning and Public Health

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The American Planning Association (APA) is providing $1.5 million in funding to 28 of its chapters through the Planners4Health initiative to continue to create stronger, healthier communities. The initiative will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level.

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January 23, 2017 9:08 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session Six: Sustaining Momentum

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The sixth and final session in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on sustaining the healthy communities movement. Participants will learn about strategies for sustainability, including disseminating lessons learned, spreading best practices, and generating revenue. One piece of this is learning how to articulate that healthy planning saves money, and how to capture this value and […]

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January 23, 2017 9:06 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session Five: Communications: Framing, Messaging, and Marketing

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The fifth session in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on communications. Participants will learn about how to articulate value propositions and return on investment, as well as methods for deploying social media and other marketing tools to connect with the community. Through all communication mechanisms, it is important to tailor messages to specific audiences. The […]

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January 12, 2017 2:35 PMCategory: Health Equity

When Planning Meets Health: Delaware’s Plan4Health Grant Fosters a Healthy Delaware

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The December 2016 issue of the Delaware Journal of Public Health includes a special feature about the Delaware Plan4Health project – When Planning Meets Health: Delaware’s Plan4Health Grant Fosters a Healthy Delaware. How do we integrate health in land use and community planning? The Delaware Plan4Health coalition seeks to answer this question by creating a […]

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January 5, 2017 2:52 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Vitamin P: Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy

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The American Planning Association was featured in the article Vitamin P: Tapping the Power of Place to Keep Us All Healthy by Jay Walljasper. See below for an excerpt from the article, and read the entire piece here. — Walking is such a great way to stay healthy that US Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy […]

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January 4, 2017 3:12 PMCategory: Health Equity

Call for Applications: Culture of Health Leaders

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Culture of Health Leaders is a leadership development opportunity for people working in every field and profession who want to use their influence to advance health and equity.  Applications are open now through February 15, 2017.  Please visit the Culture of Health Leaders website to learn more and to complete an application.

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January 4, 2017 1:47 PMCategory: Health Equity

Plan4Health: Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living

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The Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living is working to include health and equity elements when updating comprehensive plans within the state. This podcast features an interview with David Edgel, AICP, Project Lead for Plan4Health for the Delaware Chapter of the American Planning Association, and Tim Gibbs, Executive Director Delaware Academy of Medicine […]

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January 3, 2017 2:00 PMCategory: Health Equity

December 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 December: December 5th: Michael Bloomberg may be Big Tobacco’s biggest enemy December 6th: Signed Out Of Prison But Not Signed Up For Health Insurance December 7th: Passage […]

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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 20, 2016 7:46 PMCategory: Health Equity

Delaware Journal of Public Health – December 2016

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The December 2016 issue of the Delaware Journal of Public Health includes a special feature: When Planning Meets Health: Delaware’s Plan4Health Grant Fosters a Healthy Delaware (page 20).

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December 15, 2016 9:00 AMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition

Tarrant County, TX Ramey Market Mural Unveiling

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On Saturday, December 10, 2016, we unveiled a beautiful new mural that has been painted on the east wall of Ramey Market, in the Stop Six neighborhood. The mural was designed and painted by the senior art students at Dunbar High School. The students developed four designs which were blended to create a mural celebrating […]

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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 21, 2016 10:05 PMCategory: Health Equity

Urban Planning: How a City Gets Healthy

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A year ago Kelly Dearman was fed up with her commute. Every day the married mother of two would make the nearly three-mile drive from her home in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood to her office in the city’s South of Market district.  More…

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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 10, 2016 2:18 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Healthy Communities Coalition receives award from Montana Public Health

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The Healthy Communities Coalition won an award from the Montana Public Health Association for the multifaceted local group’s dedicated work to reducing chronic disease and improving health in the Helena area. The Coalition received the highest award from the Montana Public Health Association for its ongoing contributions to improving public health statewide. Here, some of the members […]

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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 20, 2016 1:48 PMCategory: Health Equity

#PlanningMonth

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Throughout the month of October, Plan4Health is celebrating National Community Planning Month as part of APA’s effort to bring planning to the forefront of conversations about creating healthy, vibrant communities. Visit APA’s website to learn more about the observance and check out the pieces on the APA blog for stories about civic engagement in planning. Share your community’s […]

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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 13, 2016 1:24 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Slow Your Street: A St. Louis Traffic Calming Success Story

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This post, written by Samantha Schipani, was originally featured here on the APA blog.  It may not be obvious to everyone that traffic safety is a public health and urban planning issue. But the number of motor-vehicle-related deaths is increasing, and the U.S. continues to have the most traffic fatalities per capita in the developed world. […]

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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 6, 2016 1:25 PMCategory: Health Equity

October is National Community Planning Month

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National Community Planning Month kicked off in grand style this week with the announcement of APA’s 2016 Great Places in America. Everyone is talking about planning and its role in creating healthy, strong, inclusive communities that work for all community members. APA hopes members will continue the momentum all month long and invites you to amplify the […]

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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 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 15, 2016 6:55 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

Resource Roundup

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Here are a few resources with tools and tips on building healthy communities. Check out the full list of partner resources on the Plan4Health website. Systems Grantmaking Resource Guide: This resource guide is a compilation of tools, frameworks, and processes that outline a systems approach to social issues. The guide can be used by social sector […]

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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 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 24, 2016 3:33 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planners4Health – funding for APA Chapters

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  APA will use third-year funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Planners4Health — an offshoot of the Plan4Health project that will concentrate on education, capacity building, and planning for healthy communities within APA chapters. All 47 APA chapters are eligible to apply for grants (to average $40,000) for projects to take place in early 2017. […]

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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 3, 2016 1:40 PMCategory: Health Equity

Why did a public health guy go to a green charrette?

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This post was originally featured on the Build Healthy Places Network blog – see it here. July 14, 2016 | Daniel Lau, Manager of Strategic Engagement As a public health guy working towards health equity, my career has been a continuous journey of peeling back layers to identify the root causes of disparate health outcomes. […]

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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 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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