FRPA - RX for Healthy Communities - My Impact on Public Health

APA Florida Chapter, Heart of Florida Section


Friday, November 6, 2015
5 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. EST

Winter Haven , FL, United States


There are three sessions at this event for which we are applying for AICP CM credits.

In the first session from 9:00am - 10:00am, Dr. Joy Jackson, MD with Polk County Health Department and Dr. Uylee Coe, MD with Pinellas County Health Department will provide real world examples of battling the obesity epidemic from their communities and around the State.  They will then provide prescriptions on how recreation and planning professionals are on the front line of combating these public health problems every day.

From 10:10 - 11:10, Lisa Portelli with the Winter Park Health Foundation will discuss Health Impact Assessments (HIA's) and making community planning decisions bassed on their impact on health.  In the spring of 2012, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and the Winter Park Health Foundation partnered to bring the use of Health Impact Assessments to Central Florida.  A steering committee of community stakeholders was formed and local public and private sector planners learned how to conduct a Health Impact Assessment, use findings to inform decision making, and identify various uses for HIA's and shape future demand.  This session will provide an introduction to the HIA process, discussion of how three HIA's conducted in central Florida influenced planning decisions and resources on how to use this new research methodology to inform decision making.

The third AICP eligible session will be from 11:20 - 12:20.  Colleen Mangan with the Florida Department of Health in Polk County, Ryan Kordec with the Polk Transportation Planning Organization and Richard Perez with the City of Lakeland will discuss how multimodal development and partnerships make a Healthiest Weight Community Champion.  The Healthiest Weight Community Champion Designation is a way for your community to show their commitment to decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy lifestyles.  A panel will discuss goals from the FL Department of Health in achieving the designation, how trails and multimodal transportation systems play a key role in health, and walk through an actual Healthiest Weight Community Champion Checklist.

Learning outcomes for all three of these sessions are described on the agenda, accessable from the link provided above.

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