Rethink Community Engagement: Moving From "Checkbox" Outreach to Innovative Resident Participation

APA California Chapter, San Diego Section


Tuesday, September 19, 2017
9 a.m. - noon PDT

San Diego, CA, United States

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Please join the Chronic Disease and Health Equity Unit of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency Division of Public Health and the San Diego American Planning Association for this innovative training on community engagement.

This training is for planners, engineers, and community activists. Learn techniques YOU can use to design healthy cities.

Through this hands-on workshop, James Rojas will present hands-on methods for engaging the community outside of the typical community meeting. Using his Place IT! method, James will show how storytelling, objects, art-production and play can help underserved community. The innovative non-technical, community outreach tool uses the memory, emotion, senses and the body to interstate urban planning.


A presentation on best-practices will be presented by the City of Richmond illustrating a case study of how public outreach and sustained engagement can lead to results and produce healthy planning outcomes. Learn about how the City of Richmond is implementing Health in All Policies and integrated health into planning projects.


Lina Velasco

Lina Velasco is a Project Manager II with the City of Richmond, California. Ms. Velasco joined the Richmond Planning Department in 2005 and has over 15 years of planning experience. She has led the development of several community-driven plans in the City of Richmond, including the Climate Action Plan, South ... Read More

Gabino Arredondo

Gabino Arredondo is a Management Analyst II for the City of Richmond, CA in the City Manager’s Health Initiatives division. In this role, Mr. Arredondo is responsible for coordinating and supporting the successful implementation of Richmond’s Health in All Policies (HiAP) Strategy and Ordinance. Richmond’s HiAP implementation ... Read More

James Rojas

James Rojas is an urban planner, community activist, educator, and artist. He founder of Place IT! an interdisciplinary, community healing and visioning outreach process that uses storytelling, objects, art-production and play to help underserved communities. He is an international expert in public engagement and has traveled around the US, Mexico ... Read More

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