August 5, 2017 11:52 AMCategory: Health Equity

Planners4Health: A new approach to advancing practice at the intersection of planning and public health

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APA’s widely successful Plan4Health program will continue to promote planning for healthy communities and chronic disease prevention in 2017 with Planners4Health.  Planners4Health offers a new approach to advancing practice at the intersection of public health and planning. Participating APA chapters will create cross disciplinary task forces to further develop policies, partnerships, and place-based programs connecting […]

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July 31, 2017 5:32 PMCategory: Health Equity

Plan4Health connects people to nutrition, recreation in rural Oregon

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Good public health comes about through good planning, a lesson community members in Umatilla County, Oregon, have taken to heart with an initiative that combines both outlooks.

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July 13, 2017 2:16 AMCategory: Health Equity

Making Americans Healthy in Every Hometown

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Do your neighborhood, housing, transportation options, and other social factors make a difference when it comes to your health? Yes, they very well can.

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June 19, 2017 7:07 PMCategory: Physical Activity

‘Something has to be done’: Pop-up traffic calming held along Cherry Street

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Jeremy Snow said he was doing an inventory of all the traffic cones, tires, plants and other objects lining East Cherry Street Friday night when a large green truck swerved within a couple of feet of him and mowed down a line of cones. The cones were part of a pop-up traffic calming project, but […]

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April 16, 2017 3:22 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Advocates push for 35-mile trail loop in Baltimore

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In 1904, the renowned landscape architects of the Olmsted family — who helped design New York’s Central Park — drew up plans to connect Baltimore’s signature parks and help city residents access thousands of acres of nature. A century later, those plans might finally become reality.

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April 5, 2017 1:18 PMCategory: Nutrition

Low-income areas gain healthy food options

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The Institute of Urban Studies and Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration concluded a yearlong report over Plan4Health Tarrant County project — a project that aims to increase healthy food accessibility in food desert areas. Food desert areas are parts of the country that lack fresh fruits and vegetables, which are critical to healthy, holistic diets. These […]

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March 30, 2017 8:46 PMCategory: Physical Activity

What do you want to see on East Exchange Street? Akronites play games to envision changes

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AKRON, Ohio – On a transformed East Exchange Street, what would you like to see? More crosswalks? Green space and median strips? Bike lanes? Akronites used interactive games to give their opinions for East Exchange Street, between Arc and Fountain streets, when it undergoes a transformation in 2019.

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March 21, 2017 8:26 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Coalition seeks to create Baltimore trail network

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One coalition in the city hopes to make one big backyard for Baltimore.  No one pays Grace Thornton, Wilbur Hicks and their crew to pick up trash after their daily six-mile walk. They said that they do it for their community.  

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February 8, 2017 5:11 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Speed humps being installed on some St. Louis streets

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Speed humps are being installed in one north St. Louis ward to slow down drivers. The installation is taking place after Ward 27 Alderman Chris Carter identified 11 spots in his ward where speeding is a problem. After a speed study was completed in 2016, the St. Louis Street Department decided to go forward with […]

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January 25, 2017 4:16 PMCategory: Health Equity

Building Local Capacity to Connect Planning and Public Health

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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.

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January 17, 2017 3:44 PMCategory: Physical Activity

Larry Mitchell and Joani Dotson: We can make Tulsa safer and healthier with a well planned bicycle and pedestrian program

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Mayor G.T. Bynum wants Tulsa to become a world-class city. One part of being a world-class city is having a friendly and safe environment for people who ride bicycles and walk.

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January 4, 2017 3:12 PMCategory: Health Equity

Call for Applications: Culture of Health Leaders

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Culture of Health Leaders is a leadership development opportunity for people working in every field and profession who want to use their influence to advance health and equity.  Applications are open now through February 15, 2017.  Please visit the Culture of Health Leaders website to learn more and to complete an application.

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December 20, 2016 7:46 PMCategory: Health Equity

Delaware Journal of Public Health – December 2016

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The December 2016 issue of the Delaware Journal of Public Health includes a special feature: When Planning Meets Health: Delaware’s Plan4Health Grant Fosters a Healthy Delaware (page 20).

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December 1, 2016 3:01 PMCategory: Nutrition

Dunbar High artists paint community mural to promote healthy living

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Sixteen-year-old Jose Jimenez is painting with an ulterior motive: He wants people who walk or drive by Ramey Market to enjoy his artwork and then — wait for it— crave a carrot.

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December 1, 2016 2:53 PMCategory: Nutrition

Art Students Creating Mural in Fort Worth Neighborhood

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A school service project is bringing new life to a historic Fort Worth neighborhood on Wednesday. Students from Dunbar High School are leaving their legacy with a painted mural, adding some bright color to the area with each stroke

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December 1, 2016 2:49 PMCategory: Nutrition

Webster Students Install Edible Food Forest at Challenger 7 Park

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Webster High school students and other volunteers spent Saturday installing an edible food forest at Challenger 7 Park.  The Tulsa health department says this project is going to help the community have access to more nutritious food.

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November 21, 2016 10:05 PMCategory: Health Equity

Urban Planning: How a City Gets Healthy

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A year ago Kelly Dearman was fed up with her commute. Every day the married mother of two would make the nearly three-mile drive from her home in San Francisco’s Cole Valley neighborhood to her office in the city’s South of Market district.  More…

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September 21, 2016 10:10 PMCategory: Physical Activity

UA collaborates to Bring Bikes to Ajo

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The UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and the Department of Mexican American Studies are working with community partners to create a bicycle program in Ajo, Arizona.    

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