APA Resources

American Planning Association
APA is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. We measure our success by the successes of our members and the communities they serve.

Planning and Community Health Center
The Planning and Community Health Center advances practices that improve human environments to promote public health through active living, healthy eating, and health in all planning policies.

Healthy Plan Making
Case study analysis on partnerships and collaborations for comprehensive planning.

Healthy Community Design Toolkit
This toolkit can help planners, public health professionals, and the general public include health in the community planning process

Planner’s Communication Guide 2.0
The Planners’ Communications Guide 2.0 is an online, interactive guide designed to help develop and deliver positive values-based messages about planning and APA to targeted audiences. Whether you are new to speaking to the media, interested in building greater alliances, or just wanting to polish your skills, there is something in the guide for everyone.

Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments
This is a ‘how to’ guide for conducting health impact assessments (HIAs), developed by the American Planning Association and the National Association of County & City Health Officials, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This online course will explain the value of conducting an HIA and the steps involved in conducting an HIA.

Public Health Terms for Planners and Planning Terms for Public Health Professionals
This fact sheet is provided to planners, public health professionals, and all others who are interested in the benefits of interdisciplinary collaborations between the two fields. It can be used as a starting point for discussions between public health professionals and planners who are launching a collaborative effort or as a quick reference guide for the many public health professionals and planners that are already collaborating to improve the health of residents by addressing the effects of planning and community design.

Planning for Food Access and Community Based Food Systems
This study demonstrates that while individual municipalities and counties have made much progress in integrating food issues into both traditional and emerging planning frameworks, there is still a long way to go before food access is considered equally important as access to shelter, transportation, housing, and jobs. Although one study of comprehensive and sustainability plans cannot capture the full spectrum of the planning profession’s efforts to plan for food access and the community-based food system, this report fills a gap in the food access and planning literature by providing a review and evaluation of current comprehensive and sustainability plans across the United States.

Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Places
Through case studies and in-depth interviews with planners, local government officials, and urban agriculture practitioners in 11 cities across the United States and Canada, the report illustrates the range of local government efforts, policies and programs both emerging and in place, and reveals the differences among local governments in their approaches as they respond to the needs of the urban agriculture community.

Planners Advocacy Network
The Planners’ Advocacy Network is an APA initiative to engage in grassroots advocacy.
Engaging the grassroots is a way to provide a voice and opportunities for all of APA’s members by connecting constituents with elected officials.

Collaborating to Improve Public Health — Policy, Systems, Environment Improvements
This webinar is intended for people in the beginning stages of working across public health and planning. This webinar will highlight a few strategies on how to approach this work by providing an overview of Plan4Haelth, what PSE’s are and how APHA is incorporating them in their work, and examples of strategies and tools for implementing this work. View slides.

pse webinar

Advocacy 101
Trust for America’s Health and APA’s policy team provide an overview of advocacy and the importance of planners and public health professionals working toward shared advocacy goals. View slides.


Plan4Health — Health Impact Assessments
Held July 20, 2015, this webinar brought together the Plan4Health community for a discussion of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs). The session featured work from the American Planning Association’s partnership with Pew Charitable Trust’s Health Impact Project as well as examples of HIAs conducted in community settings.

The webinar includes an overview about the state of HIAs in planning as well as a brief introduction to HIAs for less-experienced listeners.  Members from three Plan4Health coalitions also shared their experiences: Health by Design coalition in Indianapolis, Indiana; the Inner Core Community Health Improvement Coalition in Metro Boston; and the Chronic Disease Prevention Advisory Board in Columbus, Ohio.

View slides: Part onePart twoPart threePart fourPart fivePart sixPart seven; and Part eight

HIA webinar