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Please see below for resources organized by topic. Topics are listed in alphabetical order. If you have ideas for additional topic areas that you believe would be a good addition to this list, please email Elizabeth Hartig.

Active Transportation
Active transportation includes non-motorized transportation options such as walking and biking, and is ideally linked with transit networks. Well-connected streets with safe pedestrian and bicyclist paths and infrastructure can promote a healthy and active lifestyle for everyone.

Resources to help you engage and inform policymakers on the importance of issues related to public health.

Resources to help you assess and understand your work.

Climate Change
Resources related to climate change and it’s potential impact on health.

Coalitions and Partnerships
Resources to help you build your coalition and engage and retain new partners.

Resources to help you develop and disseminate messages and work with media outlets in an effective manner.

Community Gardens
Resources to help you understand the process for establishing a community garden.

Complete Streets
Complete Streets are streets designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.

Cultural Competence
Cultural competence is “a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency, or among professionals that enables effective work in cross-cultural situations.”

Data Sources
This page contains a selection of health related data sources.

Data Tools
A selection of data tools that will allow you to analyze indicators at various levels.

Economic Resources
Resources that speak to the economic benefits and importance of planning and public health issues.

Food Policy
Food policy is the area of public policy concerning how food is produced, processed, distributed, and purchased. Food policies are designed to influence the operation of the food and agriculture systems.

Food Systems
A healthy, sustainable food system emphasizes, strengthens, and makes visible the interdependent and inseparable relationships between individual sectors (from production to waste disposal) and characteristics (health-promoting, sustainable, resilient, diverse, fair, economically balanced, and transparent) of the system.

Funding Opportunities
This page contains a selection of funding opportunities that may be of interest to Plan4Health coalition’s.

Health Equity
Learn more about health equity and how you can ensure that everyone has the same opportunities to attain their highest level of health.

Health Impact Assessments
Health Impact Assessments combine scientific data, health expertise and public input to identify the potential effects of proposed new laws, regulations, programs and projects.

Health in All Policies
A health in all policies (HiAP) approach is an effective strategy for addressing complex factors that influence health and equity and is a collaborative approach to improving population health. HiAP helps to embed health considerations into the decision making process across a wide array of sectors.

Healthy Community Design and Livable Communities
Healthy community design is planning and designing communities that make the healthy choice the easy choice. it makes healthy lifestyle choices easy and accessible for all community members. Healthy community design links the traditional concepts of planning (such as land use, transportation, community facilities, parks, and open space) with health themes (such as physical activity, public safety, healthy food access, mental health, air and water quality, and social equity issues).

Healthy Food Retail
Healthy corner stores typically meet set standards to receive the designation. These standards typically include requirements to stock certain items and can sometimes include the amount of shelf space that “healthy items receive”. Additional standards may require stores to promote these “healthy” foods, or restrict promoting unhealthy items.

Healthy Kids
Resources that focus on children as the target population or issues related to children.

Infographics (Information Graphics) are visual representations of data, information or knowledge that tell a story through visual communication.

National Health Observances
National Health Observances (NHOs) are special days, weeks, or months dedicated to raising awareness about important health topics.

Obesity Resources
Resources to help you better understand obesity and ways in which it can be addressed.

Policy, Systems and Environmental Change
Policy, systems and environmental change is a way of modifying the environment to make healthy choices practical and available to all community members. By changing laws and shaping physical landscapes, a big impact can be made with little time and resources. By changing policies, systems and/or environments, communities can help tackle health issues like obesity, diabetes, cancer and other chronic diseases.

Rural Communities
Resources to address the unique needs of rural communities.

Safe Routes to School Resources
Safe Routes to Schools programs are designed to decrease traffic and pollution and increase the health of children and the community, Safe Routes to Schools promotes walking and biking to school, using education and incentives to show how much fun it can be! 

Shared Use
“Shared use” – also called “joint use” or “community use” – occurs when an agreement is made to open or broaden access to facilities for community use.

Smoke-free Environments
Learn more about organizations and resources to help those in need quit smoking.

Sustainability Resources
Sustainability is a community’s ongoing capacity to resolve to work together to establish, advance, and maintain effective strategies that continuously improve health and quality of life for all.

Tactical Urbanism
Tactical urbanism is an umbrella term used to describe a collection of low-cost, temporary changes to the built environment, usually in cities, intended to improve local neighborhoods and city gathering places.

Worksite Wellness
Learn more about worksite wellness with these tools and resources.