Planning and Public Health: Together, At Last, Again
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
Tish Mayfield, firstname.lastname@example.org