You'll learn about:
- The value of including public health in regional planning decisions, specifically in the realms of active transportation, air quality, and social equity
- Tools used by Metropolitan Planning Organizations of varying sizes, and provided to help local governments and other implementing agencies such as state departments of transportation that use public health data to drive local and regional planning, policy, and implementation processes.
- Performance measures and indicators that can be used to measure health impacts, dealing with air quality, economic impacts, access, chronic disease and other factors.
- How partnerships between the region, state, and local level can be leveraged to increase outcomes.
- Discussion of funding mechanisms that have been used by the entities to progress healthy communities planning.
- Lessons learned by each entity as their programs have evolved.
This session will provide planners working with local, regional, and state governments strategies on how to best consider health outcomes in comprehensive and capital plans, project selection, and project implementation. The presentations will offer different perspectives from three entities that have varied approaches at differing levels of maturity and complexity. All three of the MPOs presenting are located in the Sunbelt and are working on ways to overcome the challenges of their autocentric built-form which creates difficulty for residents to engage in active living through walkability and biking. The presentations will not only discuss each MPO’s approach but also provide planners with performance measures, data, and specific strategies that can be used by other regions and communities of various sizes. Items such as active transportation, chronic disease, social determinants of health, equity, and environmental justice will be discussed. Each entity will present about their approach and programs, and conclude with lessons learned by each of their organizations. The presentations will then be followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience.
, Capital Area MPO
Confirmed SpeakerKelly Porter, AICP, is Regional Planning Manager for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). In his role with CAMPO, Mr. Porter manages the Regional Transportation Plan, the Short-Range Planning Program, the Active Transportation Program, and the Platinum Planning Program. Current projects he is overseeing include the area's first ever Regional Active Transportation Plan, the Walkability Action Plan, corridor studies, as well as the upcoming regional arterials, and transit plans. Mr. Porter has over ten years of planning experience and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as with communities of varying scale from small rural towns to dense urban communities. Before CAMPO, Mr. Porter worked for the Houston-Galveston Area Council where he worked as part of the team developing the Regional Transportation Plan and a Regional Sustainable Development Plan, in addition to working on safety programming, sub-regional planning initiatives and healthy communities planning. He also managed multiple land use/transportation studies, two award winning sustainability case studies, and the pedestrian-bicyclist, parks, and floods programs. Mr. Porter is active in the leadership of the American Planning Association at the local, state and national levels. Mr. Porter received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Prairie View A&M University in 2006 and his Masters of City and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Land Use, Environmental Planning and Growth Management from University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
Confirmed SpeakerRochelle Carpenter has a unique position at both Transportation for America (T4America) and the Nashville Area MPO. At T4America, a national alliance of elected, business and civic leaders, Rochelle directs programs to promote bicycling, walking and transit with a focus on public health and social equity. She also leads the Nashville Area MPO’s award-winning health and transportation program. At both organizations, she leads projects at the cutting edge of creative placemaking in transportation planning and is founding a creative placemaking program at the MPO. She holds degrees in Anthropology and Italian from Vassar College.
, San Diego
Confirmed SpeakerCarolina Ilic, AICP serves as a Senior Regional Planner at the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from UCLA and her Master’s Degree in City Planning from San Diego State University (SDSU). She has worked at SANDAG for over 20 years. Carolina served as project manager of the Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) for the San Diego region. To implement the RCP, she coordinated the preparation of the "Smart Growth Concept Map," worked on visual simulations showing how communities can be transformed by smart growth, managed the Call for Projects for the TransNet Smart Growth Incentive Program and Active Transportation Grant Program, and developed an implementation strategy for SANDAG’s Regional Complete Streets Policy. Carolina also managed the preparation of the Urban Area Transit Strategy – a key input into the development of SANDAG’s 2050 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2050 RTP/SCS), and contributed to the development of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan. She also managed the statewide Cap-and-Trade Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant program in San Diego, and served as an evaluator for California’s Active Transportation Program. Carolina is a Board member and mentor for the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association (SDAPA) and is a mentor in the Urban Land Institute (ULI). In addition, Carolina has taught regional planning as an adjunct faculty member at SDSU, and frequently serves as a guest lecturer on planning issues at local universities.