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.
, American Cancer Society
Confirmed SpeakerAdele Houghton, a licensed Architect in the State of Texas; LEED Accredited Professional with specialties in Building Design & Construction, Operations & Maintenance, and Neighborhood Development; and, public health professional is President of Biositu, LLC, a strategic consulting company dedicated to using public health research and data to inform green building design, operations, and maintenance. Her work with local jurisdictions has included incorporating environmental public health indicators into climate protection work in Austin, TX; developing evidence-based recommendations linking green building and health for three affordable housing developments in St. Paul, MN; and, compiling a climate and health addendum for a seven-county rural health department in Kentucky. At the national level, she has co-developed guidance documents addressing the links between human health, climate change, and/or green building for organizations such as the US Green Building Council, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the American Planning Association.
, city of madison
Confirmed SpeakerMilena Bernardinello, MS, MSUP, Healthy Community Planner, Madison Planning Division Milena Bernardinello, joined the City of Madison in 2013 as a Healthy Community Planner. She earned her Epidemiology MS in 2012 and her Urban and Regional Planning MSUP at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013. Milena has training in Sociology and Global Culture and she is currently an PhD dissertator. Her research focus on built and food environment effects on health using spatial epidemiology techniques.
, American Planning Association