APA Speaker Series - May Session: Taking the Temperature for Community Health and Well-Being
Friday, May 13, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. PDT
West Sacramento, CA, United States
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2016 APA Speaker Series
Vital Signs: On the Pulse of Planning for Healthy and Equitable Communities
Grab your data, put on your Fitbit, warm up your stethoscope, and join our coalition of community planners, designers, and public health professionals to discuss how to keep our communities vital and fit now and into the future!
Planners and public health officials and practitioners have long understood that community design impacts the health of community members. As the importance of environmental health and equity is increasingly recognized, there are new opportunities for planners, public health professionals, government, and community stakeholders to collaborate on advocating for and creating healthier places while advancing the shared goals of livable, inclusive communities; increased mobility and access to resources; economic vitality and opportunity; and reduced pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. The SacValley APA 2016 Speaker Series will use all six sessions to examine how planning and public health can integrate resources and actions to diagnosis, treat, prevent, benchmark, and celebrate the success of communities as they strive to improve the health of their residents, as well as that of their infrastructure and economy. Let us help cure what ails you; sign up now!
What are the connections between the public health and planning professions? What instruments are available to check a community’s “vital signs?” Public health and planning have shared a long and intertwined history, and despite each broadening their practice to different areas of expertise, there has been an increased “re-convergence” between the two, particularly surrounding health, the built environment, and climate change. Join us for this session to understand the connections between public health, planning, and the environment, with specific focus on climate change and health impacts; learn what the social determinants of health are and how to measure them; and acquire the access to the toolkit of data related to public health, for example GIS mapping, indicator projects, and other innovative tools to take a community’s “temperature.”