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Design 4 Active Sacramento Coalition

Design 4 Active Sacramento (D4AS) brings together professional engineers, planners and public health professionals to create communities that are conducive to safely walking, biking and living through active design. D4AS seeks to change the way design and health professionals work together with the goal of creating communities built for health.

A major goal of Design 4 Active Sacramento’s work through the Plan4Health grant has been to create local champions at the community, staff, and elected levels. Additionally, through work with community groups, other CBOs, and professional organizations such as the American Society of Landscape Architects, we are hoping to create champions of a health and the built environment planning approach with non-traditional partners to help carry forward in more ways than one. Most significantly, they have worked to bring elected officials, especially those who serve on boards for organizations such as our regional transit provider and metropolitan planning organization, into this work. Examples include holding an educational mayoral forum with Sacramento mayoral candidates to inform them of our work and following up with in-person meetings about ways that a healthy communities approach can also advance their goals. Other efforts include working closely with the Sacramento Board of Supervisors Chair who is also the next chair of the Sacramento Regional Council of Governments to advance local policy initiatives while also advocating for this approach at the regional level. Empowering elected champions to carry forward a health and the built environment approach has also helped create opportunities for sustainability through funding initiatives such as Safe Routes to School work in local districts.

Additionally, Design 4 Active Sacramento has worked closely with philanthropy organizations such as the California Endowment to champion this work and provide funding to sustain Active Design implementation in under served communities. We have also worked to involve affiliated partners such as AARP, the Sacramento Housing Alliance, and the Sacramento Tree Foundation who have been pivotal in expanding the importance of embedding health into the planning process from a transportation focus to aging in place, affordable housing, and urban greening.

Learn more about our impact:

  • Success story: April 2017                                                      
  • Success story: October 2016
  • Fact sheet: April 2016
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  • walking man logo
  • D4AS Team
  • Board of Sups recognition 10-27-15

Coalition Partners 

Walk Sacramento
California Chapter of the American Planning Association
Sacramento Valley Section of the American Planning Association
California Public Health Association – North
Sacramento Chapter of the Urban Land Institute
Sacramento County Office of Sustainability
The Institute for Local Government
The Echelon Transportation Group
The Sacramento Tree Foundation
La Familia Counseling Center
The City of Citrus Heights
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research
The County of Sacramento Department of Public Health

Local, State, and National Recognition

Technical Assistance Offered through Plan4Health

  • Education to staff, appointed, and elected officials on advancing healthy communities
  • Policy review and development
  • Consultation with developers to advance Active Design
  • Outreach and education with community members around healthy communities
  • Grant writing assistance
  • Health Impact Assessments
  • Convenings of public health and planning departments to discuss shared resources
  • Support at public hearings for healthy communities initiatives

Please contact Kirin Kumar at WALKSacramento with any questions about this project