About Plan4Health

Planners and public health professionals are collaborators and conveners.

At the local, regional, and national levels, we strive to bring all stakeholders together to create vibrant, healthy places. The Plan4Health project is designed to leverage planners’ roles as collaborators and conveners to improve health outcomes.

Plan4Health is launching in neighborhoods, cities, and counties across the United States, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by American Planning Association (APA) chapters and American Public Health Association (APHA) affiliate members, Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. Each coalition is committed to increasing health equity through nutrition or physical activity.  And, each coalition is dedicated to meeting the needs of residents where they live, work, or play.

Plan4Health is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center is an awardee of the CDC’s National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention funding opportunity. Plan4Health is one community within the larger project — sharing lessons learned and expertise with the American Heart Association; the National Women, Infants, and Children; Society for Public Health Education; and Directors of Health Promotion and Education.

These communities, in turn, complement the CDC’s ongoing work to reduce health disparities in communities of color through Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) and Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) funding opportunities. Together, these organizations are working to change the environments in which people make decisions about their lives and their health.

460936971Plan4Health represents the key partnership between the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association. Plan4Health is partnering with the American Heart Association (AHA) and the National WIC Association (NWA). Together, our three projects are supporting 97 communities across the country.

The Plan4Health project 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. Together, the five national organizations and 97 local communities are partnering for health to make healthy living easier where people live, work, learn, and play.

Key Partnership
Just as Plan4Health’s coalitions are anchored by APA chapters and APHA affiliates, the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center is partnering with the American Public Health Association at the national level. This key partnership ensures the local work of coalitions is supported throughout the project period — and that the conversations, lessons learned, and experiences of towns and cities across the country are part of the national agenda to prevent chronic diseases.

The American Planning Association provides leadership in the development of vital communities by advocating excellence in planning, promoting education and citizen empowerment, and providing the tools and support necessary to meet the challenges of growth and change.

APA’s Planning and Community Health Center
The Planning and Community Health Center (PCH) is part of APA’s National Centers for Planning.  The Centers conduct applied, policy-relevant research to identify, evaluate, develop, and disseminate best practices that address critical issues for the planning profession.  The PCH Center focuses on three topic areas: food systems, active living, and health in all policies.

The American Public Health Association is committed to making the next generation of U.S. citizens the healthiest generation.

Focus Areas
Planning and public health professionals are uniting to build coalitions and engage communities and help shape everyday lives. Plan4Health coalitions are working in two focus areas: nutrition and physical activity. Coalitions are focusing on population-level change — using policy, systems, and environmental change strategies — to engage community members, and to work toward achieving health equity through a health in all policies approach.

Connecting at the Local Level
APA Chapter and APHA Affiliates are working across the country to strengthen our communities.  Follow the links below to find your local chapter or affiliate:

       APA Chapters
       State and Regional Public Health Associations

Plan4Health coalitions are always connecting with new partners.  Check out the coalition list and map to find a Plan4Health project near you.

For a detailed list of resources, please visit our list of Tools and Resources.