Design 4 Active Sacramento / Planning 4 Health 2nd Regional Convening of Public Health Officers and Planning Directors

APA California Chapter, Sacramento Valley Section


Wednesday, June 7, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Sacramento, CA, United States

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This event will bring in four speakers on the topic of climate change, health, and equity, in addition to local case studies that showcase on-going initiatives to address health and equity through interdisciplinary collaboration. Presentations will draw from the experiences of organizations such as the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), the California Department of Public Health Building Resistance Against Climate Effects (CalBRACE), the Office of Planning and Research, and the California Department of Public Health Office of Health Equity. As part of the Public Health Officer and Planning Director Convening, participants will engage in an interactive session meant to simulate effective collaboration around addressing pressing public health issues related to community design. Participants will be separated into diverse groups that will include rural, suburban, and urban planners, a public health officer or director, a community benefit manager from a local non-profit hospital, and community residents. Groups will be presented hypothetical public health issues and will be asked to develop an action plan to address the root land use/transportation cause through an intentional community engagement process. At each step, participants will be asked to identify how they plan to engage the impacted communities, drawing on examples from best practices shared earlier in the day. Additionally, groups will identify the kinds of data they will need to collect to inform their approach and how they will do so. Finally, participants will have the opportunity to discuss and brainstorm strategies to address the most pressing public health needs that can be addressed at the intersection of land use and transportation, and will be encouraged to develop action items to take back to their respective jurisdictions and organizations.


Katie Valenzuela Garcia

Katie Valenzuela Garcia has over 16 years of community development experience. Katie is passionate about helping neighborhood leaders be active participants in decision-making, specializing in organic engagement processes that focus on collaboration, shared ownership, and social equity. In her work, she trains residents, youth, and community groups in advocacy skills ... Read More

Elizabeth Baca

Dr. Elizabeth Baca is passionate about building healthy, resilient communities. She is currently serving as the Senior Health Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. She is working across sectors to foster collaboration, elevate the connection between health and the built environment, and leading the effort to ... Read More

Rickie Cleere

Rickie is a Fellow with CivicSpark and is working with California Department of Public Health, Office of Healthy Equity in their program on Climate Change and Health Equity Capacity Building for Local Health Departments. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Ponoma College. Read More

Kathleen Ave

Kathleen leads the Climate Program in Energy Research and Development at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, a publicly owned electric utility. She directs SMUD’s greenhouse gas research strategy and technical consulting teams, providing support to internal policy, integrated resource planning and program efforts. Initiated and currently direct SMUD's ... Read More

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