Planners4Health Session One: Assessing the Healthy Communities Landscape

American Planning Association


Wednesday, February 8, 2017
3 p.m. - 4 p.m. EST

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The first webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on the healthy communities movement and builds the context for this work. Participants will learn about approaches to evaluating the political, social, and economic landscape of the healthy communities movement while discussing options for pushing forward a healthy communities agenda in a variety of settings. There are many levers of opportunity in plans, policies, and partnerships to build health and equity into the business is done in the planning field. As a part of this conversation, participants will also discuss how planning how perpetuated the production of health inequities and how to re-engineer systems to produce health equity for all. The Austin, TX Plan4Health coalition will share success, challenges, and lessons learned from their work on the ground.

The webinar will be 60 minutes and is eligible for 1.0 CM credit.  An optional 30-minute, peer-led conversation will follow the webinar.

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Carla Blackmar

Carla Blackmar is the Project Manager for the Public Health Alliance of Southern California where she leads work to advance health equity through policy, systems and environmental change. Her recent work has focused on developing clear guidance on how to maximize the health co-benefits of investments and plans ranging from ... Read More

Laura Dierenfield

Ms. Dierenfield leads the Austin Transportation Department’s Active Transportation and Street Design Division with a focus on improving mobility for everyone in Austin by providing safer and more comfortable options for bicycling, walking and access to transit. She brings 15 years of experience in transportation planning, public policy and ... Read More

Sandra Viera, MPA

Sandra Viera is a graduate of the University of San Francisco with a Master’s in Public Administration and Policy and earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach. She joined Prevention Institute in 2010 working to promote safe and healthy communities through projects ... Read More

Rachel Bennett, MPH, MURP

Rachel Bennett, MPH, MURP, is committed to promoting social justice through the framework of public health. As an Associate Program Manager at Prevention Institute, Rachel works collaboratively with partners on research, policy advocacy, and technical assistance related to healthy, equitable community development and Health in All Policies. This includes manages ... Read More

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