Planning and Community Health Research Center
Training and technical assistance for planners and allied professionals as well as guidance for the next generation of planning and public health officials are essential to educating a variety of stakeholders on how to create healthy, sustainable communities.
This online training course is a "how to" guide for conducting health impact assessments (HIA), developed by the American Planning Association and the National Association of County & City Health Officials, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Healthy Communities Webinar Series
With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity and in collaboration with APA's Healthy Communities Interest Group, the Planning and Community Health Research Center is developing a series of six webinars that will focus on the role of planning in creating healthy communities that support physical, social and mental well-being.
Each spring, APA hosts a national conference that showcases the latest research, case studies, innovative ideas, and best practices in the field of planning. This conference attracts planners, appointed and elected officials, architects and landscape architects, engineers, health professionals, food system planners, and a variety of other allied professionals.
Conference tracks have centered on the following topics: transportation, climate change, food systems planning, and health. A variety of health-related sessions from the 2009 conference in Minneapolis are available for viewing online.
In 2003, a partnership between APA and the National Association of County and City Health Officials began to restore the bridge between land-use planning, community design, and public health practice.