The American Planning Association Provides Funding to 17 Additional Local Coalitions  to Combat Chronic Disease

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Planning Association (APA) has provided $2.25 million in funding to 17 new local coalitions around the United States through its Plan4Health initiative to combat two determinants of chronic disease — lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. This is the second year funding was made available through the Plan4Health initiative.

Plan4Health is a multi-year effort that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. Seventy-five percent of the program’s funding supports local and state coalitions working to advance public health through better planning and partnerships, specifically through leveraging skills and evidence-based strategies. Funding for Plan4Health was provided through an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We are pleased to offer a second year of funding to local coalitions working to improve their community’s health,” said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center, which manages the Plan4Health program. “The funding provides fuel to address existing health concerns to create communities of lasting value that are equitable and healthy for all.”

Local coalition recipients were selected after a competitive review process. The program is implemented in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and represents a major new collaboration between planners and public health professionals. APA chapters and APHA affiliates are the foundation for the local coalitions that will help identify and implement innovative tactics to address lack of physical activity and the lack of readily available nutritious foods.

The following local coalitions comprise the second group to receive financial support through Plan4Health:

  • Nutri-Bike-Ajo Coalition, Ajo, Arizona
  • Design 4 Active Sacramento, Sacramento County, California
  • Healthy Communities Coalition of Eagle County, Eagle County, Colorado
  • Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living, Kent County, Delaware
  • Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition, Jackson County, Illinois
  • Thomas County Coalition, Thomas County, Kansas
  • Kentucky Rural Health Coalition, Bullitt, Henry, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer & Trimble Counties, Kentucky
  • Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Healthy Communities Coalitions, City of Helena, City of East Helena and Helena Valley in Lewis and Clark County, Montana
  • Centralina Health Solutions Coalition, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
  • ACHIEVE Wellness Lake County, Lake County, Ohio
  • Pathways to Health, Tulsa County, Oklahoma
  • Umatilla County Plan 4 Health Initiative, Umatilla County, Oregon
  • Mount Hope Coalition to Increase Food Security, Mount Hope Neighborhood, East Side of Providence, Rhode Island
  • Plan4Health Tarrant County, Southeast Fort Worth, Texas
  • Active Transportation Community of Interest, Puyallup Watershed in Pierce County, Washington
  • Shawano and Menominee Counties Health in Planning Coalition, Shawano & Menominee Counties, Wisconsin

This is the second year of funding for the Plan4Health program, bringing the total number of coalitions working to improve community health to 35. Last year, 18 coalitions received funding for the program’s first year. Visit to learn more or follow the hashtag #Plan4Health on Twitter.

Plan4Health is being administered through APA’s Planning and Community Health Center that is dedicated to integrating community health issues into local and regional planning practices by advancing research, outreach, education and policy.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.

Roberta Rewers, APA,; 312-786-6395