Plan4Health: Creating Place through Shared Use

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • The Plan4Health project and how APA and APHA are supporting innovative approaches to social change at the local level;

  • The power and necessity of cross-sector work for achieving planning and public health goals;

  • The importance of shared use as a strategy for increasing sustainability and for reaching vulnerable communities.

An initiative of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by APA Chapters and American Public Health Association (APHA) Affiliates, Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions.  In late 2015, 17 coalitions were awarded grants, launching the second cohort of Plan4Health.  Each coalition identified policy, systems, and environmental strategies to increase access to nutritious food and/or to increase opportunities for physical activity.    

Showcasing lessons learned from the second cohort, this session will demonstrate the impacts of shared use as a strategy for chronic disease prevention.  Not only is shared used an opportunity to increase physical activity, but it is also a strategy that supports a range of co-benefits.  ChangeLab Solutions outlines the positive impacts of shared use in five key categories—health, equity, community, education, and economy—noting that: “People everywhere want access to safe and affordable recreational spaces. With shared use, public and private property owners can open underutilized facilities for community use.”

The following coalitions will share their experiences implementing shared use:

Centralina Health Solutions

Centralina Health Solutions Coalition supports at-risk neighborhoods of Charlotte, NC.  The coalition is working to analyze existing parks, active transportation networks, and opportunities to share facilities.  By identifying existing shared use agreements within the community and discussing potential agreements to increase access to physical activity opportunities with schools, churches, hospitals, public buildings, the coalition is expanding access to physical activity opportunities.  


Kentucky Coalitions for Healthy Communities

The Kentucky Coalition for Healthy Communities (Northern Kentucky) is partnering with a multidisciplinary group of state-wide organizations to improve access to affordable, local produce and increase opportunities for physical activity for Kentuckians age 45 years and older living in rural parts of the state.  The coalition is also engaging in shared use to re-think recreational places and facilities for older adults.


Pathways to Health

Through cross-sector partnerships with public health professionals, schools, and local organizations, Tulsa County (Oklahoma) cities will create greater access to locally grown foods; reduce barriers to physical activity; and promote systemic and policy changes supporting a health in all policies approach.  The Pathways to Health coalition is engaging in shared use with the local school system as well as through the development of a food forest.  


Madri Hall-Faul , KIPDA , Louisville , KY (see bio)
Luisa Krug , Tulsa , OK
Katherine Hebert , Centralina Council of Governments , Cornelius , NC (see bio)
Barbara Gordon , Louisville , KY
Elizabeth Hartig , American Planning Association , Washington , DC