Planning and Public Health: Together, At Last, Again

APA Indiana Chapter


Thursday, March 23, 2017
3:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CDT

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This session will provide an overview of the American Planning Association's Plan4Health initiative, which aims to integrate planning and public health where we live, work and play. In 2015, Indiana had two coalitions funded in cohort one of the project: Healthy Communities in Columbus and Health by Design in Indianapolis. In 2017, Indiana was awarded a Planners4Health grant, to expand efforts statewide, building capacity within the APA-Indiana chapter and furthering policies, partnership and place-based programs.

First, presenters will share an overview of the activities, successes and lessons-learned through the Columbus and Indianapolis projects. The Columbus, Indiana initiative focused on increasing daily physical activity by bridging the gap between policy adoption and implementation as it relates to the built environment, with the goal of improving pedestrian access across the community. Similarly, in Indianapolis, the focus wason strategies designed to make Indianapolis/Marion County safer, more accessible and inviting for pedestrians. Health, safety and equity data were used to establish a project prioritization and selection process within the development of a pedestrian master plan.

Next, presenters will outline the Planners4Health initiative, sharing project expectations, planned activities and anticipated outcomes. Key project deliverables, which include conducting a needs assessment, hosting a roundtable related to planning and public health and completing a final summary report will be highlighted. More detailed information about the needs assessment will be shared, so that participants can begin offering input on existing relevant efforts underway throughout the state, the community partners that will need to be involved, potential champions among civic and elected officials, and potential training needs that would advance knowledge and skills.


The session will include facilitated discussion and other active participation by attendees.


Emilie Pinkston, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Emilie Pinkston is a Senior Planner with the City of Columbus-Bartholomew County Planning Department. She has worked with the Planning Department for 6 years, most recently working directly with long range planning projects. Emilie received a Bachelor of Arts in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, as ... Read More

Kim Irwin

Confirmed Speaker

Kim Irwin is the Executive Director of Health by Design, a coalition of more than 300 organizational partners working to ensure that communities throughout Indiana have neighborhoods, public spaces and transportation infrastructure that promote physical activity and healthy living. Kim provides staff leadership, strategic direction, and programmatic and administrative management. Read More

Pete Fritz

Confirmed Speaker

Pete Fritz is the Healthy Communities Planner with the Indiana State Department of Health, Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity. He works with project stakeholders in planning and designing communities with a focus on promoting healthy, active lifestyles through changes to policies and the built environment. Pete is an urban ... Read More

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