August 25, 2016 2:06 PMCategory: Physical Activity

The 4 Ways Urban Parks Bring Value to City Life

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This post was originally featured here on the APA blog. Urban parks are dynamic institutions that play a vital role in the social, economic and physical well-being of America’s cities and their residents. Since the mid-19th century, with the introduction of large-scale park landscapes in cities like New York, Boston, Louisville, Chicago, Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., […]

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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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August 3, 2016 1:40 PMCategory: Health Equity

Why did a public health guy go to a green charrette?

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This post was originally featured on the Build Healthy Places Network blog – see it here. July 14, 2016 | Daniel Lau, Manager of Strategic Engagement As a public health guy working towards health equity, my career has been a continuous journey of peeling back layers to identify the root causes of disparate health outcomes. […]

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April 12, 2016 8:26 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week Recap

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National Public Health Week (NPHW) has come and gone and thanks to the support of public health advocates around the country it was another great success! This year, nearly 400 local, state, national, and federal organizations signed-up as partners to help raise awareness around the importance of public health. Just as he did in 2015, […]

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April 4, 2016 8:33 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week Starts Today!

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Today marks the beginning of National Public Health Week 2016 (NPHW)! Coordinated by the American Public Health Association (APHA), NPHW is a time to educate our nation on the importance of public health and to raise awareness about the role public health plays in the well-being of our nation. To kick-off the week, President Barack Obama has […]

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March 22, 2016 2:46 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

National Public Health Week is April 4 – 10, 2016

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The value of public health is often overlooked but can’t be overstated. Public health is a multi-faceted field that works together to promote and protect the health all of people and communities. Public health efforts are believed to have added nearly 25 years to the average life expectancy of people in the United States this […]

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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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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 28, 2015 7:17 PMCategory: Physical Activity

10 Ways to Celebrate National Community Planning Month

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October is National Community Planning Month — and this year’s theme is Healthy Communities, Healthy People. Check out 10 ways to celebrate National Community Planning Month from APA’s communications team. For more information, visit the National Community Planning Month resource center. The achievements of planning are celebrated in October with National Community Planning Month. This […]

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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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September 15, 2015 9:47 PMCategory: Physical Activity

APA Joins Surgeon General to #StepItUp in Las Vegas

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With the recent call to action promoting walking and walkable communities, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy visited Myrtle Tate Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining him was APA member Greg Toth, AICP, of APA’s Nevada Chapter, providing the local connection to how communities can enable residents to walk more. Planners help shape the places […]

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September 10, 2015 5:30 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

WANTED: Healthy Communities. REWARD: $25,000.

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize is now accepting applications from all U.S. communities that are working toward better health. Communities have until November 12, 2015, to submit an application for a chance to win a $25,000 prize for their efforts. Building a Culture of Health The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes […]

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August 28, 2015 5:46 PMCategory: Physical Activity

The Bike-Share Boom

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In just a few years, bike-share programs have popped up in cities across the world. It is estimated that by 2017, a majority of the world’s population will live in cities, so bike-shares are becoming more relevant to more people each and every day. Densely populated cities have catalyzed the recent bike-share boom and have […]

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August 18, 2015 7:33 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Upcoming Conferences: APHA, NACTO, and ALR

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Each year the American Public Health Association (APHA), National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), and Active Living Research (ALR) host annual conferences and expositions. And, don’t forget to propose a session, workshop, or discussion for APA’s 2016 National Planning Conference in Phoenix! Submissions are due by August 20. These conferences provide a platform for these organizations to […]

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August 14, 2015 4:32 PMCategory: Nutrition, Physical Activity

Talking about the Social Determinants of Health

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Where we live, learn, work and play impacts our health. As planners and public health professionals, we understand this, but sometimes it’s just plain hard to talk about. Using technical terminology while engaging with the general public or policy officials can lead to misunderstandings — or even inhibit relationship building. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation […]

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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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