Healthy Regions

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 1 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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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.


Kelly Porter , AICP , Capital Area MPO , Austin , TX (see bio)
Rochelle Carpenter , Transportation4American and Nashville MPO , Nashville , TN
Carolina Ilic , AICP , SANDAG , San Diego , CA (see bio)