APA Hawaii’s Planners4Health Award and Program
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
noon - 1 p.m. HST
Honolulu, HI, United States
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The Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Planning Association (HAPA) received an award through the American Planning Association’s (APA’s) Planners4Health initiative to build local capacity for integrating planning and public health. The initiative’s goal is to create stronger, healthier communities. This is a six-month initiative sponsored by APA that works to ensure planners and public health professionals have access to information and resources to help their communities more easily support and implement healthy living choices. The Planners4Health initiative marks the three-year culmination of APA’s $9 million Plan4Health program that works to combat two determinants of chronic disease – lack of physical activity, and lack of access to nutritious foods. Funding for the initiative is provided through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With the goal of increasing planning capacity of local decision makers and non-traditional health sector partners around the benefits of healthy community design, the grant supports the formation of a multi-disciplinary task force. Hawai‘i’s Planners4Health task force consists of five members representing the following agencies: APA Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Evaluation Team, and Hawai‘i Public Health Institute.
Through this initiative, APA Hawai‘i has engaged State Department of Health and County-based organizations and partnerships to bridge the obstacles that impede the various sectors from working effectively together, broadly sharing knowledge and resources and building coalitions between planners and public health professionals, and more strongly integrating public health into local and regional planning practices.
At this session attendees will learn how the multi-disciplinary task force collaborated with County and State partners to develop a survey tool and co-develop activities specific for each of the four counties. A summary of those activities and lessons from those activities and the survey tool will be provided. The session will provide the opportunity to learn more about planning’s connection to health and community, and to network with individuals from both fields.
Matthew Gonser, AICP
Danielle Schaeffner, MPH
Ralph Portmore, email@example.com