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:
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 www.plan4health.us 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, email@example.com; 312-786-6395