February 13, 2017 2:01 PMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health Session One: Assessing the Healthy Communities Landscape

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On Wednesday, February 8th, close to 300 people participated in the first webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series. The session focused on the healthy communities movement, including approaches to evaluating the political, social, and economic landscape of the healthy communities movement. The panelists, from Prevention Institute, the Public Health Alliance of Southern California, and the […]

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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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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 25, 2016 12:46 PMCategory: Health Equity

The APHA Annual Meeting Begins this Weekend!

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APHA’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Expo, themed ‘Creating the Healthiest Nation: Ensuring the Right to Health’, is just a few days away and thousands of public health advocates and practitioners are preparing to arrive in Denver. Make sure to check out the online schedule and digital program for a complete list of events set to take place. Of note, […]

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October 11, 2016 12:50 PMCategory: Health Equity

Housing is a Social Determinant of Health

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As the old saying goes, home should be ‘where the heart is’, but for many, it’s where the health risks are. Recognizing housing as a social determinant of health, and how we can create and ensure healthy homes, is key to increasing health equity and creating a more healthy nation. Check out the these healthy […]

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August 23, 2016 12:17 PMCategory: Health Equity

Education is a Social Determinant of Health

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Education, as with other social determinants of health, plays a major role in a person’s overall health and well-being. Education can affect us throughout our lifetime and has been shown to increase healthy behaviors and improve health outcomes, including obesity rates. Early education is especially important because it sets the foundation for a healthy life. Beyond early […]

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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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June 28, 2016 1:28 PMCategory: Health Equity

Get to Know Social Determinants of Health

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We all know that health is influenced by many things. The social determinants of health, or the conditions in which you live, learn, work and play can play a major role in your health and overall well-being. These include many things, some examples being violence, poverty, education and access to care. The social determinants of health […]

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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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February 11, 2016 12:49 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Active Living in Wisconsin

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In 2014, the rate of physical inactivity in Dane County, Wisconsin was 18 percent and the adult obesity rate was 22 percent; six percent of the population had diabetes. Analysis from the University of Wisconsin showed that block groups that were more walkable and closer to public transportation also had lower rates of chronic disease. […]

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November 6, 2015 2:13 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health at APHA 2015

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The American Public Health Association (APHA) conference was a non-stop gathering of passionate public health professionals — and quite a few planners presenting, listening, sharing, and walking the cross-sector partnership talk. Check out Plan4Health highlights from APHA 2015 below! Cross Sectoral Approaches to Creating Healthy Places APA Board Member Kara Drane gave a shout-out to […]

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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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September 17, 2015 1:45 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

6 Tools for Building Healthier Communities

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Plan4Health is all about building healthier communities. Eighteen Plan4Health coalitions are currently working with residents to expand community gardens, bring health elements to citywide plans, make walking to school safe — and more! While Plan4Health coalitions might make it look easy, we know that impacting health across neighborhoods, cities, counties, and even entire regions can feel a […]

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