February 28, 2017 2:42 PMCategory: Health Equity

APA Colorado features Plan4Health

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  An article in the APA Colorado Chapter’s publication, Planning Matters, focused on health and the environment. The issue opens with a piece about the Health Communities Coalition, the Plan4Health coalition in Eagle County, CO. The coalitions has been examining the impacts of healthy eating and active living (HEAL) policies on a county-wide scale. Findings from […]

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January 25, 2017 6:07 PMCategory: Health Equity

APA News Release: Building Local Capacity to Connect Planning and Public Health

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See original news release on the APA website. The American Planning Association (APA) is providing $1.5 million in funding to 28 of its chapters through the Planners4Health initiative to continue to create stronger, healthier communities. The initiative will focus on greater coordination between planners and public health professionals at the state level. The six-month initiative […]

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December 29, 2016 1:41 PMCategory: Health Equity

Resources – What’s available on the Plan4Health website?

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As 2016 draws to a close, Plan4Health continues to share new resources, news, and information about the project on the website. The website contains dedicated pages for each coalition as well as information on the national partnership between APA and APHA and a library of resources. A key aspect of the project is making sure the Plan4Health […]

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October 20, 2016 1:48 PMCategory: Health Equity

#PlanningMonth

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Throughout the month of October, Plan4Health is celebrating National Community Planning Month as part of APA’s effort to bring planning to the forefront of conversations about creating healthy, vibrant communities. Visit APA’s website to learn more about the observance and check out the pieces on the APA blog for stories about civic engagement in planning. Share your community’s […]

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October 6, 2016 1:25 PMCategory: Health Equity

October is National Community Planning Month

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National Community Planning Month kicked off in grand style this week with the announcement of APA’s 2016 Great Places in America. Everyone is talking about planning and its role in creating healthy, strong, inclusive communities that work for all community members. APA hopes members will continue the momentum all month long and invites you to amplify the […]

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August 24, 2016 3:33 PMCategory: Health Equity, Nutrition, Physical Activity

Planners4Health – funding for APA Chapters

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  APA will use third-year funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Planners4Health — an offshoot of the Plan4Health project that will concentrate on education, capacity building, and planning for healthy communities within APA chapters. All 47 APA chapters are eligible to apply for grants (to average $40,000) for projects to take place in early 2017. […]

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March 17, 2016 2:15 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

What’s Your Great Place?

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It’s almost that time of year again — time to think about the neighborhoods, public spaces, and streets that have added value to your community. APA’s Great Places in America program celebrates places with cultural and historic interest, community involvement, and a vision for tomorrow. Submit your suggestions for this year’s Great Places in America by […]

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March 4, 2016 7:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Improve Your Community’s Health with Help from Experts at the 2016 APA Conference

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Lack of exercise, unhealthy eating, and tobacco use are major contributing factors to the chronic disease crisis the U.S. faces. Want to learn more about how planning can help solve these problems? Join APA in Phoenix for the 2016 National Planning Conference and attend the Partnering4Health: Improving Community Health Discussion session. This session outlines the […]

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February 22, 2016 12:00 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health Touches Down in Phoenix

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This post was originally published on APA’s National Planning Conference News Blog on February 19, 2016.   Interested in learning more about the intersection of planning and public health? Join APA in Phoenix for the 2016 National Planning Conference and attend one of the sessions highlighting Plan4Health. Explore the Saturday Deep Dive workshop or check out […]

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February 4, 2016 6:17 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

APA and APHA Joint Board Meeting in Iowa

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In an effort to heighten the existing collaboration between planning and public health professionals in Iowa, the Plan4Health initiative in Linn County, Iowa — Planning Healthy Iowa Communities — convened a joint board meeting with the Iowa Public Health Association and the American Planning Association Iowa Chapter board members in November. The groups met separately before joining together in Des […]

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January 12, 2016 7:03 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Launching the Peer Learning Network!

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Ready, set, launch! The Plan4Health staff has been busy developing a Peer Learning Network (PLN) for Plan4Health coalitions and the community at large. The PLN is a forum for sharing expertise and experiences with coalitions and across cohorts. But it doesn’t stop there! This network will live beyond Plan4Health and is open to APA members, APHA members, […]

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November 18, 2015 4:12 PMCategory:

The American Planning Association Provides Funding to 17 Additional Local Coalitions to Combat Chronic Disease

The American Planning Association Provides Funding to 17 Additional Local Coalitions  to Combat Chronic Disease WASHINGTON, DC — The American Planning Association (APA) has provided $2.25 million in funding to 17 new local coalitions around the United States through its Plan4Health initiative to combat two determinants of chronic disease — lack of physical activity and […]

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October 15, 2015 6:15 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

What Is Plan4Health?

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The American Public Health Association’s Public Health Newswire published a conversation between APA’s Anna Ricklin and APHA’s Susan Polan. Check out the full article below. If you are attending the upcoming APHA Annual Meeting in Chicago, continue the conversation at the intersection of planning and public health on Monday, November 2, at Cross-Sectoral Approaches to Creating Healthy […]

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September 15, 2015 6:59 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Sharing the Health Benefits of Green Infrastructure

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Last week, the American Planning Association hosted a webinar as part of the Planning and Community Health Center’s series focused on built environment interventions that promote community health. APA brought together leading practitioners to discuss the different ways communities can incorporate health considerations into green infrastructure plans and projects. You can watch the Health Benefits of Green Infrastructure webinar […]

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September 2, 2015 7:24 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Building a Healthy Community with B-Well Bensenville

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Plan4Health’s initiative in Bensenville, Illinois is committed to increasing physical activity opportunities for residents — making this village just outside of Chicago a destination for walkers and bicyclists! Launched in May 2014, the B-Well Bensenville coalition works to connect residents to healthy activities and to integrate planning and public health strategies. During the initial months of […]

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August 11, 2015 6:19 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Indianapolis Plus $500 Million Equals a More Walkable City

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Indianapolis is taking huge leaps in its efforts to increase infrastructure for walking and biking throughout the city. A recent Next City article, How $500 Million Turned Car-Centric Indianapolis Into a More Walkable City, talks about the city’s success and continuing efforts along with the recent Plan4Health grant provided to Health by Design: And this spring, Health […]

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July 23, 2015 6:00 AMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

An Emerging Planner’s Perspective on HIAs: Part Two

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The American Planning Association defines planning as: Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Health Impact Assessments are one tool that can be […]

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July 20, 2015 7:38 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

An Emerging Planner’s Perspective on HIAs: Part One

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This marks my sixth week since beginning a summer internship at the American Planning Association with the Planning and Community Health (PCH) Center in Washington, D.C. Within these last five weeks I’ve been exposed to a whirlwind of information, events, conference calls, and meetings. I feel very privileged to have this opportunity to come to “work” […]

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