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November 6, 2015 2:13 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health at APHA 2015


The American Public Health Association (APHA) conference was a non-stop gathering of passionate public health professionals — and quite a few planners presenting, listening, sharing, and walking the cross-sector partnership talk.

Check out Plan4Health highlights from APHA 2015 below!

Cross Sectoral Approaches to Creating Healthy Places

APA Board Member Kara Drane gave a shout-out to the St. Louis Plan4Health coalition‘s traffic calming demonstrations during Monday’s special session: Cross Sectoral Approaches to Creating Healthy Places.  Kara Drane moderated an esteemed panel of planners and public health professionals to discuss lessons learned from cross-sector collaboration and to share ideas for building healthy, vibrant communities.

The panel also included our Partnering4Health colleague Dr. Steve Owens from the Directors for Health Promotion and Education (DHPE).  DHPE supports Plan4Health coalitions across the country by providing training and technical assistance — and Dr. Owens shared his expertise as DHPE’s Director of Health Equity and his recent work supporting local health departments.

Read more about the session and download fact sheets and handouts here.

Plan4Health – Meeting and Social

No evening at APHA would be complete without a chance to mix and mingle! The Plan4Health meeting and social brought together coalition members, APHA attendees, and APA members from the Chicago area to connect (or re-connect) with colleagues.

Jacky Grimshaw, Vice President for Policy, Center for Neighborhood Technology shared her experiences strengthening communities through empowerment and engagement at the intersection of planning and public health.


Plan4Health: Linking Public Health and Planning to Build Improvement in Health

Plan4Health’s scientific session on Tuesday brought together representatives from five coalitions: Columbus Public Health – Chronic Disease Prevention Board (Ohio); Healthy Eating, Active Living Partnership (St. Louis); Idaho Plan4Health(Boise); Inner Core Community Health Improvement Coalition (Metro Boston); and Trenton Healthy Communities Initiative (Trenton, New Jersey).

Coalitions presented project strategies and key partnerships — embodying the conference theme: health in all policies.


APHA’s conference blog highlighted the session and the “very cool Plan4Health partnership” with APA:

When it comes to bridging the gap between planning and health, it’s all about relationships. That was the message from local project managers who spoke at a Tuesday Annual Meeting session titled “Plan4Health: Linking Public Health and Planning to Build Improvement in Health.”

“One-on-one, personal building relationships, makes all the difference,” said Alex Smith [from the Columbus, OH coalition].

[Alex is] one of the people participating in APHA’s new and very cool Plan4Health partnership with the American Planning Association. The program, which brings together APHA state and local Affiliates with American Planning Association state chapters, launched in March and has this vision: full integration of planning and public health where people live, work and play.

As Anna Ricklin of the American Planning Association told session audience members, health in all planning policies is the goal. Ideally, planning should become a public health intervention, said Ricklin, who praised APHA’s involvement in the groundbreaking project.

To read more about the session, check out the full report from APHA.

APHA 2015 was a great opportunity to share Plan4Health, to make new connections — and to move toward our vision of healthy, vibrant communities for all.

Images from APHA and APA.