Forging Healthy Community Planning Through Collaboration, Advocacy and Policy- Making
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 5:45 p.m. PDT
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The American Planning Association recently released the results of the Planning and Community Health Research Center Survey. According to this survey, about 1/3 of cities and counties have incorporated explicit goals, objectives or policies related to public health in their comprehensive/general plans. The study shows that local health departments were not involved or had little involvement in the development of the public health components for the comprehensive plans. Riverside, County, CA is a jurisdiction that bucks this trend. In April 2011, Riverside, County adopted a Healthy Communities Element into its the General Plan Update as a result of this innovative collaboration between the Planning Department and the Public Health Departments. Riverside County Department of Public Health in now partnering with The California Endowment (TCE) to establish a Health and Wellness Element for inclusion in the City of Coachella’s General Plan Update. This session will provide an insight into the intrinsic elements and necessary synergy required to adopt a single document dedicated to addressing public health through land use planning. The essential elements include forging collaboration among cross-functional departments, building coalitions, identifying and working with champions and gaining decision-making momentum.
Paul Zykofsky, Associate AIA