Metrics for Planning Healthy Communities
You'll learn about:
Planning metrics to measure community health and the benefits and limitations of these tools
How to acquire, organize, use, and track data to measure community health
Communities that have used metrics successfully to advance healthy changes
How to design metrics systems in your community, or strengthen the use of metrics with a health lens
Planning professionals have the power to improve community health by shaping land use, development, housing, transportation, and environments where people live, work, and play. When planners partner with other sectors, the potential to improve public health multiplies; therefore, it is critical that planners document, measure, and track built environment elements known to be key determinants of health, such as sidewalk distribution, access to healthy foods, and new development pressures.
This session examines how to use APA’s Healthy Planning Metrics to both integrate health objectives into planning practice and build bridges among various community stakeholders. The experts who developed this new tool will explain how to use metrics to assess, measure, monitor, and report progress toward shared multi-sector goals. Case studies will illustrate how to use proxy metrics where local data may be tough to acquire.