LGBTQ and Planning Division Leads APA Healthy Community Efforts in NY Metro

APA's LGBTQ and Planning Division is thrilled to be selected to receive a Planners4Health grant that will focus on strengthening capacity and integrating diversity into planning and public health.

APA's New York Metro Chapter is serving as a partner for the grant, and the project will be based in the chapter region, which encompasses an area of a diverse population in terms of race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

“I’m looking forward to working with the task force and stakeholders from the fields of planning, public health, architecture, and landscape design as well as others interested in exploring how physical design and the built environment can be used to help create healthier communities,” said Gina D’Agrosa, AICP.

D'Agrosa, a division member and member of the chapter's executive committee, will serve as the project lead. She prepared the grant application.

As part of the project, a task force will be sensitive to the health needs of all populations in the region. The task force members will share the primary goal of improving the public’s health and promoting equity in health status for all.  

The division and the task force hope to accomplish this by connecting professional organizations and local government decision makers to work together to create healthy communities. The Planners4Health project will potentially provide for cross-sector partnerships between architects, engineers, municipal officials, planners, planning boards, and public health officials.

The division is excited to participate in an effort to ensure that the issue of diversity is included in the initiative. The LGBTQ and Planning Division is a forum for the exchange of ideas and information of interest to gays, lesbians, and friends in the planning profession. The division addresses planning topics and issues that relate to the LGBTQ community by providing a forum for exchanging ideas and information. Health in an important issue to the LGBTQ community, and the division works to ensure that the issue of diversity is included in planning initiatives.

“The LGBTQ and Planning Division enthusiastically supports this project that will build diverse coalitions with other organizations enabling us to share and learn about planning for healthy communities for everyone,” said division chair Tracey Corbitt, AICP.

Top image: Park in Kingston, New York. Photo by Matt Makara, Plan4Health.

About the Author
Aliza Norcross is a project associate for APA's Planning and Community Health Center.

March 17, 2017

By Aliza Norcross