The Built Environment and Public Health Panel Discussion

APA Arkansas Chapter


Thursday, March 9, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. CST

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Panel discussion addressing the topic of the built environment and public health in Arkansas. Panelists will bring variety of experience to the discussion by representing the fields of city planning, health, and parks and recreation. The overall goal is to discuss how the fields of planning and public health are related and how urban and rural communities in Arkansas can learn about what resources are available and how they can be applied locally. Questions/topics include:

·       What is the role of city planning in improving public health?

·       What are critical factors that contribute to making healthy communities?

·       Are there programs at the state level aimed to improve public health in Arkansas?

·       Are their resources, such as through the Arkansas Department of Health, to support healthy planning in rural communities?

·       How is the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention (ArCOP) growing healthy communities?

·       How do Hot Springs’ parks and trail help promote health and wellness?

·       How important are master park, trail, bicycle and pedestrian plans in shaping healthy communities?

·       What are roadblocks to improved public health in Arkansas?

·       How do we motivate increased physical activity and determine its effectiveness?

·       How has the relationship between public health and the built environment changed over time?


Katrina Betancourt

Katrina Betancourt is the President of the Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention. She has earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Kinesiological Science and a Doctorate in Health Education with an emphasis in Health Program Planning and Health Policy. Her focus area is concentrated in worksite interventions to ... Read More

Jean Wallace

Jean Wallace is the Parks & Trails Director for the City of Hot Springs where she has worked for 27 years - 8 as Parks Superintendent and 19 as Parks and Trails Director. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville with a BS in Agriculture, with an emphasis in ... Read More

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts, ASLA, is the Vice President of Planning & Business Development at Crafton Tull, a multidiscipline Engineering & Architecture firm with 7 offices in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Dave received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree in 1989, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He collaborates with a talented planning team on projects that ... Read More

Andi Ridgway

Andi Ridgway, MS, RD, LD, CDE is the Branch Chief for Hometown Health Improvement (HHI) in the Center for Local Public Health at the Arkansas Department of Health. She is a registered dietitian by profession and also a Certified Diabetes Educator. Andi works with ADH colleagues and state partners to ... Read More

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