August 14, 2017 2:33 PMCategory: Health Equity

Safe Routes to (More Than) Schools

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This blog was originally published on www.planning.org.  To view the post, click here. APA’s Plan4Health project includes 35 coalitions in 27 states working at the intersection of planning and public health. From the development of Indianapolis’ first pedestrian planto the launch of a healthy corner store program in Fort Worth, planners have engaged in strategies to increase access to […]

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November 17, 2016 2:21 PMCategory: Nutrition

Civic Engagement in Planning Can Improve Public Health

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In Tarrant County, Texas, residents have been asked to participate in the planning process as a mechanism for engaging with their communities. Tarrant County is home to a Plan4Health project focused on increasing access to healthy food and engaging with residents is an important component of this work. Faced with neighborhoods with high prevalence of […]

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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 13, 2016 1:24 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Slow Your Street: A St. Louis Traffic Calming Success Story

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This post, written by Samantha Schipani, was originally featured here on the APA blog.  It may not be obvious to everyone that traffic safety is a public health and urban planning issue. But the number of motor-vehicle-related deaths is increasing, and the U.S. continues to have the most traffic fatalities per capita in the developed world. […]

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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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June 9, 2016 2:20 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Community-Engaged Design

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A recent piece from Next City highlights the importance of community-engaged design in equitable development. Houston’s Third Ward, similarly to many communities across the country, is undergoing a shift in its DNA. What was a traditionally African American community made up of modest single-family homes has become a hot spot for developers due to a new light […]

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March 31, 2016 11:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

Public Outreach for Active Living in Columbus, IN

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This post was written by Emilie Pinkston, Senior Planner with the City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department. A key element of the Plan4Health project in Columbus, IN is public outreach.  It is vitally important to the success of planning projects that members of the community have the opportunity to provide feedback on proposed improvements.  Members […]

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January 7, 2016 8:42 PMCategory: Nutrition

Partnering4Health: DHPE on Community Engagement

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In September 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a multi-year initiative to prevent and control chronic disease at the community level.  Named the National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention — or Partnering4Health — five organizations are working with selected chapters and affiliates to strengthen health in their communities. A member of […]

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October 27, 2015 5:00 AMCategory: Physical Activity

A Day in the Park: Understanding Health Equity

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There are many things to consider when addressing health issues within our communities, including equity. Health equity is achieved when all people are provided with a fair opportunity to realize their full health potential. This, of course, is much easier said than done. It’s important to understand and recognize what may impact equity in your […]

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