Planning for Healthy Communities
Monday, September 26, 2016
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. CDT
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Communities can impact health both positively and negatively, and these impacts should be considered during the decision-making process for the review and approval of comprehensive plans, land-use plans, or development plans. The land use choices made today will have lasting impacts on the health of future generations. Healthy land use and developments can promote physical activity and active transportation, reduce obesity and crime, and improve safety, mental health, and social cohesion, among other benefits.
This session will discuss how the cities of Oklahoma City and Tulsa have incorporated public health into the development of both comprehensive plans and the development review process. Through a health impact assessment and development review rubric, planners and public health professionals in these two cities are collaborating to create a more comprehensive 'Health in all Planning' approach. Participants will gain a greater understanding of how to incorporate health at various stages of the planning process and how their local health departments can be a resource in the promotion of healthy living. Speakers will share experience regarding the development of tools, lessons learned from initial projects, and successes in incorporating health into their cities.