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Archived Event Resources

Missed an event? When available, we’ll provide resources from past events below:

Planners4Health Session Six: Sustaining Momentum

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 and spreading best practices. There will be a continued focus on equity. Participants will learn about Plan4Health and partner resources, tools, and success stories.

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

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 Columbus, Indiana, Plan4Health coalition will share success, challenges, and lessons learned from their work on the ground.

Planning and Community Health Webinar: Downtown Colorado Streets

In this webinar, staff from APA’s Planning and Community Health Center and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment discuss a newly developed resource: Downtown Colorado Streets.

Downtown Colorado Streets is the result of a partnership between three state agencies. It’s a communication tool for communities, planners, and engineers who want to make their streets more walkable and bikeable.

Learn more about the work of the Planning and Community Health Center at

APHA Webinar Series: Plan4Health Nutrition

The third and final webinar in the Plan4Health series featured Melissa Oden from Tarrant County, TX and Aaron Mondada from the Idaho Plan4Health coalition discussing nutrition policies, strategies, and environment changes implemented to increase access to nutritious foods.

If you missed it, watch the webinar.

Planners4Health Session Three: Applying an Equity Lens

The third webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series takes a deep dive into equity, a theme that flows through the entire webinar series. Participants 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 special attention paid to the coalition building process. Participants also learn about how to mitigate the unintended consequences of displacement and gentrification. The Ajo, Arizona, Plan4Health coalition shares success, challenges, and lessons learned from their work on the ground.

Planning and Community Health Webinar: Food Action Plans

APA’s Planning and Community Health Center and the Healthy Communities Collaborative are showcasing recent projects at the intersection of planning and public health. Matt Brown, Planning Administrator with Franklin County (Ohio) Economic Development & Planning Department, and Cheryl Graffagnino, Healthy Food Access Program Manager with Columbus Public Health, share their experiences developing a food action plan.

Planning and Community Health Webinar: Health Impacts in Idaho

The American Planning Association (APA) and the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) discuss healthy planning. Chris Danley, president of NPAS and planner with Alta Planning + Design, shares his experiences working at the intersection of planning and public health. The session includes an overview of the Healthy Communities Collaborative at APA as well as an introduction to NPAS before diving into a case study from Chris’ portfolio.

APHA Webinar Series: Plan4Health Physical Activity

Presenters discussed Complete Streets and ways it was integrated into a city plan and how the coalition worked to encourage dialogue across sectors and between decision-makers to ensure health is a consideration in policy recommendations and implementation strategies.

If you missed it, watch the webinar.

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

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 identifying emerging metrics for healthy communities and the way that these metrics incorporate equity.

Participants will also explore broader notions of evidence, including experiential and contextual evidence, and cross-sector approaches. The Indianapolis Plan4Health coalition will share successes, challenges, and lessons learned from their work on the ground.

Planners4Health Session One: Assessing the Healthy Communities Landscape

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 are many levers of opportunity in plans, policies, and partnerships to build health and equity into the business is done in the planning field. As a part of this conversation, participants will also discuss how planning how perpetuated the production of health inequities and how to re-engineer systems to produce health equity for all. The Austin, Texas, Plan4Health coalition will share success, challenges, and lessons learned from their work on the ground.

APHA Webinar Series: Plan4Health Coalition Building

On January 19, 2017, APHA hosted its first Plan4Health webinar focused on coalition-building. Dr. Nevarez, MD, MPH, APHA Past President, moderated the session and Tim Gibb and David Edgell, representing the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living and Sandra Cummings from Health By Design  discussed effective strategies to consider when doing this type of work. If you were not able to join the webinar, please listen here!

Plan4Health: Creating Story Maps

Learn how to develop Story Maps with the Plan4Health community! Louis Hill, with the Planning & Development Services of Kenton County and President-Elect of the Kentucky Association of Mapping Professional (KAMP), will demonstrate the basics of Story Map creation as well as share the Kenton County Plan4Health project’s comprehensive map.

Plan4Health:  Nutrition Peer Call – December

Plan4Health’s December peer call featured Dr. Kristen Cooksey Stowers, a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at the University of Connecticut.  Dr. Stowers discussed how zoning policies influence inequities in obesity prevalence through community food retail environments that are considered “food swamps.”


Plan4Health: Physical Activity Peer Call – December
Plan4Health’s December peer call featured Marisa Jones, Nutrition and Physical Activity Project Manager, with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.  Marisa discussed the Safe Routes to Healthy Food framework, sharing examples from across the country.

For more information, please view the peer call below or check-out the fact sheet and webinar from the National Partnership:


Sustainability with Active Living by Design
What do you do when funding for a project ends? How do you keep partners engaged? How do you maintain momentum? Special guest Risa Wilkerson, Executive Director of Active Living by Design, shared her perspective on sustaining projects and partners.  Please view presentation slides here or a recording of the webinar below.


Plan4Health: Nutrition Peer Call – November
Plan4Health’s nutrition peer call in November featured Karen Shore, from The Food Trust, for a discussion of healthy corner stores.


Plan4Health: Physical Activity Peer Call – November
Plan4Health’s physical activity peer call in November featured Dr. Laura Sandt and a discussion of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC).  PBIC is a national clearinghouse, administered by the University of North Carolina’s Highway Safety Research Center and funded by the Federal Highway Administration.  The Director of PBIC, Dr. Sandt shared resources and best practices for promoting safe transportation systems for all users.



Plan4Health: Nutrition Peer Call – October
Plan4Health’s Nutrition Peer call in October featured Benjamin Chrisinger, MUEP PhD, from the Stanford Prevention Research Center for a discussion of his recently-published paper on the last decade of fresh food financing initiatives. The publication is through the Community Development Investment Center of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and is available online.


Plan4Health: Capacity Building Peer Call – October
Plan4Health’s Capacity Building Peer Call in October featured Erin Marziale, from the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), for a discussion about NNPHI and resources for sustainability.


Plan4Health: Building Healthy Streets with ChangeLab Solutions
This webinar provides an overview of two new resources. In the Road Signs Pedcast (a “walking podcast”), you’ll hear from people on the ground who are building safe and active streets. Each episode discusses one transportation tool that promotes community health. In this first episode, learn about an approach to making existing streets safer—a road diet—with a story from Oakland, California. A Guide to Building Healthy Streets can help you turn a Complete Streets policy into action! This resource discusses five key steps for effective Complete Streets implementation, highlighting the unique role public health staff can play during each step.

Plan4Health: Physical Activity Peer Call – October
Plan4Health’s Physical Activity Peer Call in October featured representatives from Planning Healthy Iowa Communities for a discussion of the coalition’s toolkit: Step into Nature with Marion.


Slow Your Streets: A How-To Guide for Pop-Up Traffic Calming
This webinar focuses on the purpose of the new guide, Slow Your Streets: A How-To Guide for Pop-Up Traffic Calming, and provides a quick walk through of the guide materials. Tools and resources to help organizers plan their own demonstrations will also be provided.

Plan4Health: Nutrition Peer Call – September
Plan4Health’s Nutrition Peer Call in September featured Laine Cidlowski, project manager, Office of Planning for the Sustainable DC initiative for a discussion sustainability in the district and the launch of DC’s food policy council


Plan4Health: Physical Activity Peer Call – September
Plan4Health’s Physical Activity Peer Call in September featured Betsy Prentice from Health by Design  for a discussion on the coalition’s work to develop and adopt a pedestrian plan and their experiences analyzing data and engaging community members to increase walkability in Indianapolis.


Plan4Health: Creating Compelling Conference Submissions
Disseminating your success through local, regional, or national conferences is a great way to share lessons learned and to connect with colleagues. With ever-increasing competition for coveted conference slots, how do you make your experiences compelling? Experts from APA and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) discuss  key recommendations that will help attendees think through everything from organizing your panel to drafting your objectives.


HCIG: Baton Rouge Health District Discussion
The Baton Rouge Health District Plan brings together thirteen pillar institutions including three major hospitals to implement partnership projects that improve health and create jobs in the community. Plan elements address healthy placemaking, health education and research, healthcare innovation and emergency preparedness. With the plan complete, Health District partners have established an umbrella non-profit, and hired an executive director to coordinate project implementation.

Basak Alkan, senior urban designer at Perkins + Will, shared her recent work developing the Health District’s comprehensive master plan and led an interactive discussion about the planning effort.


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Implementing Community Strategies For Engagement & Sustainability To Advance Health Equity
This webinar provided strategies on tailoring community health initiatives to address health inequities and enhance sustainability, including how to practice authentic community engagement. Presenters shared steps for identifying and overcoming barriers and unintended consequences that priority populations may face from community interventions. Presenters also shared tips for keeping health equity at the forefront of decision-making among stakeholders.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how authentic community engagement strategies are established and maintained to benefit priority populations
  • Describe unintended consequences that may be experienced by priority populations
  • Ensure that health equity is at the forefront of designing and planning community health initiatives

View slides.

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Plan4Health: Nutrition Peer Call – August 
Please join the Plan4Health community and Nancy Chapman from Advocates for Better Children’s Diets for our August Nutrition Peer Call. Nancy will discuss USDA’s healthy Bodies, Healthy Spirits pilot project which empowered faith-based health coordinators to emphasize the importance of nutrition and physical activity to African American women and their children.

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Plan4Health: Landscape Performance Series
Listen to the Plan4Health community and the Landscape Architecture Foundation for a discussion of the Landscape Performance Series.  An online set of resources, the Landscape Performance Series is designed to help agencies and advocates evaluate performance, show value and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. Performance Series case studies and fact sheets are developed by category, including health and well-being; active living; and social equity.

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Plan4Health: Physical Activity Peer Call – August
Plan4Health’s Physical Activity Peer Call in August featured Julia Katz, from Active Living by Design, for a discussion of innovative collaborations. Julia shared her recently completed case studies, highlighting how clinics and community organizations are partnering to impact the social determinants of health and increasing opportunities for physical activity.

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Plan4Health: Ask-the-Expert (Spokesperson Training)
CDC’s Division of Community Health’s communications team discussed how to be an effective spokesperson for your coalition.


Plan4Health: Introduction to Wayfinding
Katie Osborn, Principal and Wayfinding Strategist of Via Collective, provided an introduction to wayfinding. More than finding a way to get from Point A to Point B, wayfinding increases connectivity and enhances community in diverse environments. From airports and conventions to urban trails and neighborhood parks, wayfinding is a process — as well as an outcome — for navigating place.

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Plan4Health: Nutrition Peer Call – July
Plan4Health’s Nutrition Peer Call in July featured Karen Banks, from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future for a discussion on nutrition strategies.  Karen discussed the findings and resources available through the Food Policy Network.

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Plan4Health Research Forum: Discussing Local Data
Leveraging planning and public health data strengthens the overall approach to a healthy communities project. But, finding the right data source is often challenging — and may mean gathering information directly from community residents.  Arthi Rao and Aaron Mondada discussed local data sources and data gathering strategies.

Slides: Part One
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Slides: Part Five

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Due to technical difficulties, the webinar recording begins on slide seven.  For questions or speaker contact information, please email Elizabeth Hartig (   

Plan4Health: Physical Activity Peer Call – July
Plan4Health’s Physical Activity Peer Call in July featured Scott Ulrich, from the Plan4Health project in Columbus, Ohio.  Scott discussed of the coalition’s Bike Friendly Business program and partnership with Central Ohio Greenways.

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Plan4Health: Media 101 – Interviews
An important part of getting your message heard is responding to reporter inquiries. In this Plan4Health communications webinar, learn what to do – and not do – when a reporter comes calling.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Prepare for interviews
  • Respond to reporter inquiries
  • Get your message heard


Media 101 Interviews

Plan4Health: Nutrition Peer Call – June
Plan4Health’s Nutrition Peer Call in June featured members from the National WIC Association’s Community Partnerships for Healthy Mothers and Children project for a discussion on farmers markets.

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Zoning for Active Living: A Tool for Facilitating Adult Activity
This presentation includes a brief overview of the types of zoning, including the difference between traditional Euclidian zoning and new urbanist zoning, which is more pedestrian oriented. Data was presented on the active living orientation of the zoning codes and how they vary by community sociodemographic and economic characteristics. Participants will learn how specific zoning provisions are associated with higher rates of adult leisure time activity and active travel to work. Concluding remarks discussed how public health practitioners and their allies can work with planning and zoning officials to examine and revise their zoning codes to be more active living-oriented.

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Plan4Health: Physical Activity Peer Call – June
Plan4Health’s Physical Activity Peer Call in June featured Bianca Shulaker, from the Trust for Public Land, for a discussion on recently completed research on the impact of park renovation.

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Plan4Health: Nutrition Peer Call – May
Plan4Health’s Nutrition Peer Call in May featured Planning and Community Health Center Research Associate Michelle Madeley for a discussion on food systems. Prior to joining APA, Michelle worked with Community Food Lab in Raleigh, North Carolina as a food systems designer. She was also an active member of a task force to create a local food policy council, the Durham Farm and Food Network. Michelle shared her experiences working with communities to support coalition-based food systems change.

View slides.

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Plan4Health: Toolkit for Rural Communities
Small and rural planning and zoning commissions often have limited capacity. In response, the Eastern Highlands (Connecticut) Health District Community Health Action Response Team (CHART) coalition developed a toolkit aimed at assisting planning and zoning commissions with understanding how planning can impact long-term public health. This toolkit is designed to support the Eastern Highlands Health District region towns, as well as any other small, rural towns, in their efforts to enhance the quality of life in their communities through the prevention of illness, promotion of wellness, and protection of our human environment.

Check out the Healthy Communities Toolkit!

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Ask the Expert: Active Transportation
Walkability and bikeability are essential to healthy communities. Complete streets policies change how streets are designed so that people of all ages and abilities can travel safely and easily, whether they are walking, biking, using transit, or driving. This “ask-the-expert session” provided an opportunity to ask questions about active transportation — how does the built environment affect health; what are the benefits of walking and bicycling; what are the basic principles and benefits of Complete Streets? This session was an opportunity to engage with ChangeLab Solutions staff on active transportation strategies.

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Plan4Health Research Forum: Urban Land Institute
This webinar provides a discussion of recently completed research on health impact assessments (HIA) and the built environment.

View slides.

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Plan4Health: Physical Activity Peer Call – May
Plan4Health’s Physical Activity Peer Call in May featured Zarnaaz Bashir, MPH, Vice President, Health and Wellness, National Recreation and Park Association who spoke about various  programs within the NRPA.

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Working Together to Improve Health: An Introduction to the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Process in Maricopa County
This webinar provides an orientation to the MAPP process and it’s benefits, examples of activities from Maricopa County and ways to get involved.

View slides.

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Sub-recipient Technical Assistance Workshop Orientation Call
This call provided an orientation for attendees of the National Organizations Sub-recipient Technical Assistance Workshop being held April 25-27, 2016 in New Orleans.

View slides.

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Plan4Health Research Forum: Active Living Index
This webinar provides an introduction and overview of the Active Living Index developed by the Dane County (Wisconsin) Capital Region Healthy Communities Initiative. The index is an interactive assessment tool, designed to evaluate how conducive to active living a place is by assigning an Active Living Score. The index measures the current accessibility of walking, biking, and transit infrastructures to specific destinations.

Coalition members from the Delaware Plan4Health project joined to discuss creating an objective planning tool that highlights equity.

View slides.

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Improving Health in Rural Communities
This Plan4Health Peer Call features coalition members from Jackson County, IL for a discussion of the unique approaches to improving health in rural communities.

View the slides and the Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network Overview handout.

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Creating Clear and Compelling Infographics to Move Audiences to Action
This webinar provides an overview of how to develop infographics and outlines the nuts and bolts of infographic development. Considerations such as developing an infographic for a specific audience and determining what data to highlight are discussed.

View the slides and Q&A portion of the presentation.

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Be a Change Leader, Build a Culture of Health: Culture of Health Leaders Program
Hosted by The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, this webinar provides more details about The Culture of Health Leaders (CoHL) Program and application process. Topics include an overview of the program, participant experiences, and a discussion on the application and review process.

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Plan4Health: Creating Videos
Videos are a great way to share the impact of your work and the story of Plan4Health. But, how do you get started? How do you approach the process–or find the right artist? Listen to Plan4Health community member Grace Kyung, from the Healthy Eating, Active Living (HEAL) Partnership in St. Louis, to learn more about video production.

View slides.

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Legal Levers of Food Policy
The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and the Chesapeake Foodshed Network welcome Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic to share their expertise on the legal concepts of local food systems. Learn about the legal, regulatory and administrative levers that can be used to achieve effective policy change and explore emerging food policy issues being addressed by food policy councils across the nation.


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Exploring Tactical Urbanism
This webinar looks at how tactical urbanism is helping to shape the built environment. Walkable communities are safe, healthy and vibrant communities. America Walks was excited to offer a webinar that explores how the idea of tactical urbanism is instrumental in creating communities that promote enjoyable and accessible physical activity. Learn from two leading experts in tactical urbanism this idea and how it is informing their work in local communities.

This is part of the 2016 Webinar Series “Tools for the Field.”


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Coalition Building Basics
This webinar provides an overview of steps necessary to create a successful coalition; shares best practices for working collectively; and provides three community examples that have incorporated best practices and met with successful results.


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Why We Buy the Food We Buy
The webinar focused on environmental cues that influence why we buy the food we buy and featured presentations by David Just, Co-Director of the Cornell Center for Behavioral Economics in Child Nutrition Programs, and Margo Wootan, Director, Nutrition Policy, Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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Making Memorable Messages & Social Media 101
Engage your community with compelling messages and supporting proof points. Messages are fundamental to any communications effort and, with repeated use, will ensure you communicate effectively about your coalition’s work.

These webinars will cover:

  • The importance of messages and why you need them.
  • How your coalition can create its own enduring messages.
  • Modifying your proof points based upon the audience.
  • How to craft effective Facebook messages and Tweets
  • How often to post
  • How to maximize media reach

Check out the Plan4Health Message worksheet and view slides for Making Memorable Messages or Social Media 101.

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National Public Health Week Partners Webinar
APHA staff hosted three NPHW partner meetings to highlight the available NPHW tools and resources and ways in which partners can help promote the campaign in local communities and via social media.

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Sustainability through Grants (part one)
One way to sustain a program is to secure funding that supports it.  The first step in obtaining grant funding is to locate potential funding sources that are good matches for your organization/agency, its mission, and what you want to fund.  This webinar explores grant seeking – finding a potential match.


  • Susan F. Goekler, PhD, MCHES (DHPE)

View slides

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Sustaining Your Work: Grant Writing Basics (part two)
As a follow up to the webinar on Sustainability Through Grants, this webinar will focus on key steps to prepare responses to funding opportunities and develop grant applications.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop funding proposal outline
  • Develop key sections required for responding to most grant applications.


  • Melanie J. Wells, MPH

View slides, the template and article.

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Plan4Health: Ensuring Health Equity through Community Engagement
This webinar will introduce principles of community engagement, including strategies for identifying community priorities and outreach tactics that incorporate a lens of health equity. This session will build on the health equity concepts from our December webinar as well as provide an introduction to cultural competency.

View slides.

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Sustainability Beyond Funding
This presentation will discuss sustainability beyond financial considerations, such as coalition sustainability, communications approaches, and cultural and political considerations.

View the slides and download the CDC Sustainability Guide and Plan4Health Sustainability Checklist.

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Applying PSE Approaches
This webinar provides an overview of what PSE approaches are and why they are effective.

View the slides and test your knowledge about PSE approaches.

DCH Anti-Lobbying Training
This webinar covers anti-lobbying and applicable laws as they relate to federal funds.

View the slides and supplemental information.

Listen to the recorded call via Instant Replay at (888)562-4492

Complete Streets with Smart Growth America
This webinar will discuss how a policy can fit the local built and policy environments, the ten elements needed for a comprehensive Complete Streets policy, best practice examples, and specific steps to complete and adopt the policy (with approximate timelines). The first 30 minutes of the webinar will focus on Complete Streets basics. More advanced content will be presented at 3:30 and the Q&A Ask-the-Expert session and group discussion will begin at 4:00 pm. Please join one or all portions of the presentation.

Learning objectives

  • Briefly review what Complete Streets are and are not, and how they help achieve multiple community goals
  • Consider policy types and the 10 elements of effective Complete Streets policies
  • Identify local Complete Streets goals and broad performance measures
  • Identify real and perceived barriers to Complete Streets implementation and discuss solutions


  • Beth Osborn, Senior Policy Advisor with Transportation for America

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Active Cities Equal Healthy Economies: Success Stories from South Bend and St. Petersburg
The National League of Cities, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are teaming up to host a webinar for jurisdictions participating in the Let’s Move! Cities, Towns and Counties and Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets initiatives.

First Lady Michelle Obama has called on local elected officials to take action to improve children’s health as part of the larger Let’s Move! initiative, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has called on them to improve the safety of our roads for pedestrians and bicyclists. This past fall, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy also issued a Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities, highlighting the need to create more walkable communities through transportation and related improvements as a way to help people lead more active – and healthy – lives.

On this webinar, you will learn from South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and St. Petersburg, Florida Mayor Rick Kriseman and their key staff about what action they are taking to integrate efforts to achieve both transportation and health goals. Both cities are participating in the Mayors’ Challenge and Let’s Move! View slides.

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Plan4Health: Introduction to Partnering4Health
Plan4Health is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National WIC Association (NWA). Together, our three projects are supporting 97 coalitions across the country.  Plan4Health is also collaborating with the Directors of Health Promotion and Education (DHPE) and the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). DHPE and SOPHE offer public health expertise and support coalition work through toolkits, trainings, and webinars.

Representatives from DHPE and SOPHE will provide an overview of the resources available to Plan4Health coalitions, including the online learning community, technical assistance with national experts – and more!

Learning objectives:

  • Role of Category B organizations (DHPE and SOPHE)
  • Available tools and resources to support your program
  • Communications tools and templates
  • Upcoming training opportunities

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Making Health Equity a Priority
This webinar discusses health equity and project development. What are the challenges and opportunities of applying a lens of health equity? How do we continue to keep health equity at the center of our work? View slides.

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Coalition Development: Recruitment, Engagement and Retention
This webinar will provide recruitment and retention strategies to promote help managing coalition expectations. Learn the keys to coalition development and sustaining momentum through activities, processes, and structures that build and sustain effective coalitions.

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Hearts and Minds: Communicating Data to Move Audiences to Action
The objectives of this webinar are to help audiences:

  • Understand why it is important to connect your data to your messages and stories
  • Learn how social math can be used to present data to many audiences – visually and linguistically
  • Explore methods for integrating social math into messages and materials

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AARP Livability Index webinar 

The Livability Index is a signature initiative of the Public Policy Institute to measure the quality of life in American communities across multiple dimensions: housing, transportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunity, and civic and social engagement.

An interactive, easily navigated website, the Livability Index allows users to compare communities, adjust scores based on personal preferences and learn how to take action to make their own communities move livable.


Planning for Sustainability
Sponsored by the American Public Health Association and American Planning Association, this webinar features the Institute for Public Health Innovation and will cover the sustainability planning process for Plan4Health grantees. After attending the webinar, participants will understand the key steps in sustainability planning process, why sustainability planning matters, hear real-life examples from the field, and take away actionable steps for how to sustain work beyond the Plan4Health grant period. View slides: Part 1 and Part 2.

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Increasing Access to Healthy Food: Best Practices in Developing Healthy Corner Store Initiatives
This webinar provides an overview of how to implement a small/corner store program to increase access to healthy food, including fundamental program components, high-level best practices and opportunities to link other community health programs and policy initiatives. View slides.

Learning Objectives:

  • How a healthy small/corner store program fits into a comprehensive approach to healthy food access in a region
  • The fundamental components of a health small/corner store program
  • High-level best practices in healthy small/corner store programs
  • Opportunities to link other community health programs and policy initiatives to a healthy small/corner store program such as healthcare screenings and incentive programs
  • Resources for further learning, technical assistance and support

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A Story of Health: The Power of Personal Stories
Case-based learning has long been used in medical education. A Story of Health eBook grounds the science of health in stories of fictional people, their families, and communities to enable readers to explore the risk factors for disease as well as how to prevent disease and promote health and resilience.

Using the setting of a family reunion as a backdrop, the eBook explores how multiple environments influence our health across the lifespan. When people get sick or develop a disability, they often ask their health care providers, “How or why did this happen?” In some cases, the answer is obvious. In others, it’s more complicated. A Story of Health is a multimedia eBook that explores this question and delves into how environments interact with genes to influence health across the lifespan.

Representatives from The Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s (CHE’s) discussed A Story of Health. CHE’s primary mission is to strengthen the science dialogue on environmental factors impacting human health and to facilitate collaborative, multifactorial, prevention-oriented efforts to address environmental health concerns

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Putting Health on the Shelf: Partnering with Small Stores to Improve the Retail Environment
Small store interventions can improve the retail environment, making it easier for community members to access healthy food options. This webinar will introduce listeners to healthy food retail, provide an overview of a healthy retail certification program, share best practices for engaging store owners, and highlight ideas for potential partnerships.

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Community Partnership Part II: Revitalizing Your Coalition for Community Improvements

In Part II of this two-part series, presenters shared strategies for managing established community coalitions and how coalitions can address health equity. Presenters shared ideas on how to overcome language barriers across sectors, how to sustain buy-in, how to effectively share results with key stakeholders, and how to engage vulnerable populations. Presenters discussed strategies to increase participation and effectiveness of your coalition, including assessing alignment of purpose and membership. Presenters also shared effective management steps that support sustainable coalitions. View slides.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how coalitions can engage vulnerable populations, including native populations, to help address health disparities.
  • List at least three strategies to increase participation among coalition members.
  • Identify two tools that coalitions can use to help assess alignment of purpose and membership.

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Increasing Physical Activity: Shared Use and Safe Routes to School
Two strategies that you can use to increase physical activity of children in your community are shared use and safe routes to school (SRTS). Children and youth can bike and walk to school to easily incorporate physical activity into their day. But the number of kids walking and biking to school has dropped dramatically over the last four decades. Shared use is a strategy for increasing access to spaces to play by opening up recreational spaces for use by the public. Often this means opening school grounds for public use after school hours, but other government agencies, community groups, and faith-based organizations are successfully implementing shared use arrangements as well. This webinar identifies what shared use and SRTS programs entail, how to adopt policies for your community, and how to overcome challenges.

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Landscape Performance for Healthy Communities
Presented by the Landscape Architecture Foundation, this webinar presented an overview of the Landscape Performance Series, an online, interactive set of resources to help evaluate performance, show value and make the case for sustainable landscapes. Watch to learn how the Case Study Briefs, Benefits Toolkit, and Fast Facts can be used to evaluate and demonstrate the health impacts of projects and how you can be part of this growing online resource.

View slides: Part onePart twoPart threePart fourPart fivePart sixPart seven and Part eight.

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Category A Presents: The American Planning Association
Webinar presenters Anna Ricklin and David Rouse of the American Planning Association provide an overview of APA’s Plan4Health community and discuss the intersection between planning and public health. Plan4Health sub-recipients are focused on activities that improve access to healthy foods and beverages and increase opportunities for physical activity. David described three types of plans that planners help develop: Comprehensive/master plans, functional/system plans and sub-area/neighborhood plans.

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Overview of Collective Impact and Its Application for Food Policy Councils
Hosted by the FPN project and the Chesapeake Food shed Network, this webinar discussed the collective impact approach, the conditions under which it is most successful, and its potential application for food policy councils. Panelists also shared examples of how collective impact is being used at different geographic scales to affect food policy.

Speakers included:

  • Curtis Ogden, Senior Associate at the Interaction Institute for Social Change
  • Jennifer Obadia, New England Regional Coordinator at Health Care Without Harm
  • Ellen Kahler, Executive Director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Whitney Fields, Program Manager for the Indianapolis Food Council

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Community Partnerships Part 1: Innovative Partnerships to Improve Health
In Part I of this two-part series, a panel of experts will provide participants with tools for engaging diverse stakeholders to maximize impact on health outcomes and chronic disease risk factors. By the end of this webinar, participants are expected to be able to:

  • Identify at least one strategy to develop partnerships with businesses, professional associations, hospitals, and other key sector stakeholders.
  • Identify at least one approach to leverage existing relationships or spur new partnerships to address health disparities.
  • Describe how these partnerships can help sustain long-term chronic disease prevention efforts.

View slides: Part onePart twoPart three.

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Health Equity
This webinar discusses health equity and project implementation. What are the challenges and opportunities of applying a health equity lens during implementation? How do we continue to keep health equity at the center of our work?
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Featured speakers include:

  • Anna Ricklin, Manager of the Planning and Community Health Center at the American Planning Association
  • Shawn McIntosh, Project Manager at the Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association

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Communications: Media 101

An important part of getting your message heard is responding to reporter inquiries. In this second Plan4Health Communications webinar, learn what to do—and not do—when a reporter comes calling.

You will learn how to:

  • Prepare for interviews
  • Respond to reporter inquiries
  • Get your message heard

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Communications: Media Message Training

Engage your community with compelling messages and supporting proof points. Messages are fundamental to any communications effort and, with repeated use, will ensure you communicate effectively about your coalition’s work.

This webinar covers:

  • The importance of messages and why you need them.
  • How your coalition can create its own enduring messages.
  • Modifying your proof points based upon the audience.

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Plan4Health – Health Impact Assessments
Held July 20th, this webinar brought together the Plan4Health community for a discussion of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). The session featured work from the American Planning Association’s partnership with Pew Charitable Trust’s Health Impact Project as well as examples of HIAs conducted in community settings.

The webinar includes an overview about the state of HIAs in planning as well as a brief introduction to HIAs for less-experienced listeners.  Members from three Plan4Health coalitions also shared their experiences: Health by Design coalition in Indianapolis, IN; the Inner Core Community Health Improvement Coalition in Metro Boston; and the Chronic Disease Prevention Advisory Board in Columbus, OH.

View slides: Part onePart twoPart threePart fourPart fivePart sixPart seven; and Part eight.

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Implementing Comprehensive Healthy Community Design Plans
Held June 17, 2015, this purpose of this webinar is to advise awardees on how to establish and implement equitable, comprehensive healthy community design plans that incorporate best practices in land use and development, multi-modal transportation networks, and site designs, with a goal of encouraging physically active travel and access to healthy food choices. The webinar will address the value of formally planning for healthy designs as well as explore the range of planning options – from city-wide comprehensive plans to more specific efforts such as trails and open space, Safe Routes to School, or Complete Streets implementation plans. Presenters wil share how their coalitions, community leaders, municipal and regional agencies, and other stakeholders work together to implement their plans.

Learning objectives:

  • By the end of this webinar, attendees are expected to be able to:
  • Identify at least one core principle of healthy community design.
  • Determine the most useful approach in advancing healthy design in their own community.
  • Provide key decision makers with at least one reason for the importance of implementing healthier community design in plans, ordinances, and routine practice.


  • Mark Fenton, Adjunct Associate Professor, Tufts University
  • Leslie Meehan, Director of Healthy Communities, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Laura Garrett, Community Initiatives Lead, Columbus Regional Health/REACH Healthy Communities, Columbus, Indiana

View slides: Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4; and Part 5.

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Advocacy 101
Trust for America’s Health and APA’s policy team provide an overview of advocacy and the importance of planners and public health professionals working toward shared advocacy goals. View slides.