September 8, 2016 1:19 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health featured in The Nation’s Health

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Last week, Plan4Health was featured in the American Public Health Association’s The Nation’s Health. The piece discusses how the regional community coalitions are marrying public health and planning, and focuses on the work in Boston, MA and Indianapolis, IN. “Many new partnerships and expanded initiatives were developed to improve the health of each community involved and […]

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August 4, 2016 1:45 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Rapid Health Impact Assessments in Massachusetts

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This post was written by Karen Adelman and originally featured on Planning 101: Talking smart growth for 101 communities in Greater Boston. MAPC’s Public Health Department has been conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for the past five years. Working with partners like the MA Department of Public Health and Health Resources in Action, MAPC has […]

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March 11, 2016 2:36 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Community Context for Planning and Public Health

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In the United States, the intersection of public health and planning has ebbed and flowed depending on the issues of the time and the perception of community health. Recently, the two fields have experienced increasing crossover due to concerted collaborative efforts and a general move towards thinking about health in a broader sense. An article […]

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February 18, 2016 3:35 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Next City: Planning and Public Health

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A recent article in Next City highlights the growing effort to reconnect public health and urban planning. Anna Ricklin, manager of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center, discusses Plan4Health as an example of the effort to break down silos between planning and public health, and also highlights the work in Dubuque, Iowa, to […]

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February 3, 2016 3:22 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Becoming a Planning Advocate

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This post was originally shared on APA’s Policy News for Planners blog. This week America begins in earnest the work of electing a new President. Because planning needs to be firmly on the nation’s agenda, APA is using the civic energy unleashed by the Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primary to ask members to raise […]

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January 28, 2016 9:31 PMCategory: Physical Activity

APA’s Community Planning Assistance Teams

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  The American Planning Association’s professional institute — the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) — engages community members through the Community Planning Assistance Teams (CPAT) program. CPAT is a pro bono technical assistance program designed to engage residents, key stakeholders, and local officials to address a range of challenges that communities face. The program is […]

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November 18, 2015 3:36 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Plan4Health Stories of Success

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It wasn’t long ago that Plan4Health coalitions began to implement project strategies and it’s been exciting to see all of the progress that has been made. To highlight the great work that’s being done, success stories were made for all 18 coalitions. Each story, as well as one from the national partnership between APA and APHA, […]

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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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