Planners4Health Session Two: What We Measure Matters: Metrics, Data, Sources, and Methodologies

American Planning Association


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

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The second webinar in the Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on the importance of measurement in building healthy communities. Participants will learn about different data sources traditionally used in the public health and planning fields while discussing the challenges of working with data and the opportunities it can afford. An important component of this session is identifying emerging metrics for healthy communities and the way that these metrics incorporate equity.

Participants will also explore broader notions of evidence, including experiential and contextual evidence, and cross-sector approaches. The Indianapolis, IN Plan4Health coalition will share successes, 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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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

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

Kim Irwin, MPH

Kim Irwin is the Executive Director of Health by Design, which convenes the Indiana Citizens’ Alliance for Transit (ICAT), the Indiana Complete Streets Coalition, the Indiana Safe Routes to School Partnership and Indiana Walks. Through these coalitions, more than 300 organizational partners are working to ensure that communities throughout Indiana ... Read More

Nisha Botchwey, PhD, MPH

Dr. Botchwey is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the Georgia Institute of Technology. An expert in health and the built environment as well as community engagement, she holds graduate degrees in both urban planning and public health. Dedicated to effective pedagogy, Dr. Botchwey spent eight years ... Read More

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