2018 National Planning Conference

Regions as Healthy Community Engines

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198152

Location: 2004

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  • Examine approaches and strategies for creating regional partnerships and continuously improving overall population health. .
  • Explore lessons learned from other regions (and sub-regions) in developing and moving forward with their own local initiatives.
  • Learn ways to work with non-traditional partners to achieve the common goals of better health through better planning.


In California's Inland Empire, one of the most dynamic and fast-growing metropolitan regions in the nation, the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) and San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) are serving as catalysts for innovative partnerships addressing challenging regional health problems. High rates of obesity, cardiovascular conditions, diabetes and other chronic diseases are affecting 4.5 million people, a region with over 50 cities and unincorporated areas.

Based on a voluntary regional partnership model, WRCOG and SBCOG are working in partnership with their respective county departments of public health to shape planning policies, programs and projects that can positively impact health.

Learn about strategies and approaches each of these agencies has adopted to target the multiple social determinants of health, including housing, economic development, transportation, environmental justice, and sustainability. For each case, gain a broad understanding of issues in the region, hear perspectives from planners and public health professionals, and discuss existing challenges and opportunities.

Session Speakers

Christopher J. Gray, AICP
Western Riverside Council of Governments
Corona, CA

Josh Lee
APA California Chapter, Inland Empire Section
San Bernardino, CA

Trudy Raymundo
Department of Public Health, San Bernardino County
San Bernardino, CA

Michael Osur
Riverside University Health System – Public Health
riverside, CA

Monica Guerra
Raimi + Associates
Riverside, CA