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, Active Transportation Program, and Platinum Planning Program. He also oversees the Regional Active Transportation Plan, the Walkability Action Plan, corridor studies, as well as the regional arterials, and transit plans. Mr. Porter has over ten years of experience and has worked diligently to incorporate concepts to improve equity, upward mobility, and positive public health outcomes into his planning work. 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 from University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
, Transportation4American and Nashville MPO
, San Diego
Confirmed SpeakerCarolina Ilic serves as 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 is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). 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. Over the years, Carolina has 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 implemented SANDAG’s Regional Complete Streets Policy. Carolina contributed heavily to the development of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan, adopted in 2015. She is currently managing the next Call for Projects for the TransNet grant programs and working on the Regional Plan update, particularly on public health aspects. Carolina was born in Santiago, Chile, and is fluent in Spanish. She is a Board member and mentor for the San Diego Section of the American Planning Association (SDAPA).