Healthy Community Design

Healthy Community Design Toolkit
Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by APA Chapters and APHA Affiliates, Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. Coalitions work with communities to increase access to healthy food or increase opportunities for active living where residents live, work, and play.

How do you talk about the health impacts of planning? How do you link issues like land use, transportation, and housing to health, and include community input at the same time?

This toolkit can help planners, public health professionals, and the general public include health in the community planning process. Developed in partnership between the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative, the toolkit is composed of four elements that work together to achieve this goal.

  • Healthy Community Design Checklist
    A quick way to educate residents about healthy community design and consider health as integral piece in land use discussions. The checklist covers the following topics: Active Living, Food Choices, Transportation Choices, Public Safety, Social Cohesion, Social Equity, and Environmental Health.
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