How to Plan for Healthier Communities
You’ll learn about:
Practical tools and guides for planning for healthy communities
How APA’s Planning and Community Health Center supports local social change
Why cross-sector work is essential to achieving planning and public health goals
Whether transforming a city street from a virtual speedway into a kid-friendly promenade or identifying when and where to park a mobile farmers market, planners must increasingly consider public health in their daily work. This session highlights the Plan4Health project and the cutting-edge tools and strategies it has developed for planning healthy communities.
Plan4Health—a project of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center—promotes work at the intersection of planning and public health. Representatives from two Plan4Health coalitions will share their success stories. Learn how a community coalition in St. Louis conducted four traffic calming demonstrations that led to permanent infrastructure changes and helped create a traffic calming policy for the City of St. Louis. And hear how the Austin, Tex., Plan4Health Pilot Program worked to assess the local food system and develop a neighborhood-scale plan. Both coalition groups will provide tools and tips other communities interested in embarking on similar healthy community efforts.
Confirmed SpeakerEdwin earned his BA in Anthropology from the University of Oregon. It was during his “Apprenticeship in Agroecology” at the University of California, Santa Cruz that he began to develop a true passion for sustainable farming. He has traveled around the world, working on sustainable farming projects including places in Mexico, Mongolia, Australia and Chile. Edwin has consulted on numerous urban farm projects around the country, helped establish the Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network, and co-authored a book about urban farming in America called Breaking Through Concrete, published by the University of California Press.
, City of Oklahoma City
, Oklahoma City
Confirmed SpeakerJohn Tankard is an Associate Planner in the City of Oklahoma City's Planning Department. John has a bachelor's degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Master's of Environmental Planning and Design from the University of Georgia. John's focus is on the planning, design, and implementation of active transportation projects. His work also includes the incorporation concepts of public health into the planning process.
, St Louis
, American Planning Association
Confirmed SpeakerAnna Ricklin, AICP is Manager of APA's Planning and Community Health Center. In this role, she works with APA members and partners to promote planning practice that supports public health. With a background in transportation, health impact assessment, and community design, Anna is an emerging leader in applied research, strategic planning, and coalition building. She has a MHS from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has been with APA since 2011.