APA Speaker Series 2016 - June Session: Road to Recovery: How to Overcome the Diagnosis

APA California Chapter, Sacramento Valley Section


Friday, June 24, 2016
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. PDT

West Sacramento, CA, United States

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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!

This session will examine why some communities are healthier than others and the role that planning processes have played in creating these health disparities.  How do we change these systems to increase not only health equity, but also support healthier communities for everyone?  Speakers will discuss three current strategies for shifting planning policy and practices to increasingly integrate health outcomes, including community engagement, engaging the next generation, and state and local policy change.

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Katie Katie Valenzuela Garcia

Confirmed Speaker

Katie Valenzuela Garcia is Principal for Valenzuela Garcia Consulting, a values-based firm focused on promoting social justice. Katie has held positions at the UC Davis Center for Regional Change, Public Advocates, Inc., the Sacramento Housing Alliance's Coalition on Regional Equity, Ubuntu Green, and Breathe California of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails. In ... Read More

Phoebe Seaton

Confirmed Speaker

Phoebe Seaton, Co-Founder and Co-Director Prior to launching Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability, Phoebe directed the Community Equity Initiative (CEI) at California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc. and was the Policy Coordinator for issues related to water and land use at California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. Phoebe initiated the CEI ... Read More