January 12, 2017 2:35 PMCategory: Health Equity

When Planning Meets Health: Delaware’s Plan4Health Grant Fosters a Healthy Delaware

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The December 2016 issue of the Delaware Journal of Public Health includes a special feature about the Delaware Plan4Health project – When Planning Meets Health: Delaware’s Plan4Health Grant Fosters a Healthy Delaware. How do we integrate health in land use and community planning? The Delaware Plan4Health coalition seeks to answer this question by creating a […]

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August 16, 2016 5:24 PMCategory: Health Equity

Sacramento Regional Meeting Recap

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This past week Plan4Health coalitions from around the country came together in Sacramento to participate in a multi-faceted meeting over the course of three days. Here, attendees had opportunities to meet and learn from one another as well as many guest speakers, share experiences and get out in the community to see the impact of […]

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July 12, 2016 2:24 PMCategory: Health Equity, Physical Activity

Partnering with GirlForward in Austin, TX

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Girl Forward, a program that provides refugee girls with individual mentorship, educational programs and leadership opportunities, strives to create a community of support that serves as a resource and empowers girls to be strong, confident and independent so that they grow into women who can successfully support themselves, their families and their community. Visit the organizations […]

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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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June 8, 2016 1:49 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Triple Aim of Health Equity

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This post was originally shared on APA’s blog here.   “What would it look like if equity was the starting point for decision making?” —Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Commissioner of Health, President of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) Asking the right questions is the first step to taking action for meaningful […]

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June 2, 2016 1:40 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Health Equity and Planning

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Plan4Health coalitions incorporate equity into many aspects of their work to increase opportunities for active living and access to healthy foods. See below for a list of some of the Plan4Health content and partner resources that focus on equity and can help communities understand the challenges and develop solutions. Plan4Health blog posts A Refresher on […]

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May 24, 2016 1:09 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

A Refresher on Health Equity

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Many projects are designed with equity in mind, but achieving health equity in a community is no easy task. Getting to the root issues of why inequities exist can be complex, time consuming and takes the buy-in and contributions of traditional and non-traditional cross-sector partners. As projects evolve it’s important to continue to look at […]

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May 20, 2016 3:28 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Cohort II Spotlight: Ajo, Arizona

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The Plan4Health coalition in Ajo, Arizona, is working hard not only to make bicycling an option for transportation, physical activity, and leisure, but also to reinvigorate a sense of active living through the community’s deep connection to their surroundings. Ajo is an outpost in the southwestern part of Arizona — only about 40 miles from […]

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April 18, 2016 1:55 PMCategory: Physical Activity

An Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets Policy in Bensenville, Illinois

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In Bensenville, Illinois, a suburb about 17 miles outside of Chicago, a coalition of planning and public health professionals leveraged the Plan4Health grant funds to implement an Active Transportation Plan and Complete Streets policy. Members of the coalition had been working for years to incorporate an active transportation component into the village’s comprehensive plan — […]

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December 1, 2015 9:06 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Explore the Transportation and Health Tool

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The American Public Health Association, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently released the Transportation and Health Tool. The intersection of transportation and health is an essential component of Plan4Health, with coalitions tackling many of the strategies recommended by the tool. From the Complete Streets work […]

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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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