Serving Up Health Equity Southern Style

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
CM | 1.25
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You'll learn about:

  • Overview of the health challenges facing the Southeast and how planners can work with public health professionals and community leaders to improve communities and reduce health inequity.

  • Understand the role planners’ play and tools available for increasing physical activity opportunities in low-income neighborhoods through lessons learned by Charlotte Plan4Health.

  • Learn about the importance of healthy food access to addressing obesity and ways planners are assessing the food environment and helping increase access in Savannah, Georgia.

In a nation where your zip code is becoming more of a determinant of your health and life expectancy than your genetic code, those living in the South are at greater risk for poor health outcomes. Social conditions such as higher rates of poverty, unemployment, uninsured, and uneducated coupled with unhealthy cultural traditions contribute to higher rates of chronic diseases including obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Low-income and communities of color are at even greater risk, often living in neighborhoods where safe places to play are hard to find and the nearest grocery store is miles away. What can planners do to overcome the impacts of decades of red-lining, segregation, gentrification, lax development regulations, and disinvestment?

This session highlights the experiences of two Plan4Health grantees and their efforts to address health inequity and promote physical activity and healthy eating in at-risk neighborhoods.  Plan4Health Charlotte and Healthy Savannah are building multi-sectoral coalitions and taking comprehensive approaches to increase physical activity opportunities and promote access to healthy food, through changes to policies, systems, and the environment. Find out the benefits of extensive partnerships, how to incorporate healthy community policies into action, and learn which policy approaches work well together.


Whitney Shephard , Transport Studio , Savannah , GA (see bio)
Katherine Hebert , Centralina Council of Governments , Cornelius , NC (see bio)
Michelle Nance , AICP , Centralina COG , Charlotte , NC (see bio)