The Comprehensive Plans and Health toolkit includes resources to successfully integrate health into the goals, objectives, and policies that encompass comprehensive plans. Comprehensive plans are a key way to impact the built environment as well as the policies that support public health and wellness. This set of resources includes a fact sheet, tutorial webinars, APA reports and additional published materials that provide helpful data, examples, and further resources to incorporate health into comprehensive plans in your community.
The following reports were part of an extensive study, funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which looked at comprehensive plans throughout the United States, analyzed their contents for integration of public health priorities and practices, and summarized best practices.
Comprehensive Planning for Public Health: Results of the Planning and Community Health Research Center Survey
As part of the first phase of this project, APA developed a national, web-based survey to identify draft and adopted comprehensive and sustainability plans that explicitly include public health related goals, objectives, and policies, and inventory the public health topics included in the plans. The survey also identifies the opportunities and barriers that communities face in the development and adoption of such policies and assesses the current state of planning for public health nationally. Results of the survey include a list of municipalities and counties from across the country that explicitly address public health in their comprehensive or sustainability plan.