Planning for Healthy Rural-Urban Communities
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Planners from rural, suburban and urban communities will learn about strategies they can use to implement healthy living options, including techniques to make communities more walkable, bikeable and more playable, and increase access to healthy foods.
Planners will take away transferable coalition-building skills that will enhance any community engagement project including those focusing on healthy living.
Planners will learn how a “Healthy Quick Audit” can be used to gain a quick assessment of a community’s strengths and weakness in relation to healthy living options and generate a discussion of how to implement “low hanging fruit” as well as longer term projects.
Awareness of the import role communities can play in promoting healthy options for all residents has increased but implementing strategies can be challenging. An initiative of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center, Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding wokr at the intersection of planning and public health.
This Deep Dive session will examine and learn from cross-sector coalitions in urban-suburban Kingston NY and Trenton NJ, along with rural Eastern CT in order to parse how context shapes holistic, sustainable approaches to the implementation of policy, systems, and environment changes. While the presentations will highlight the intersection of planning and public health, participants will take away transferable coalition-building skills that will enhance any community engagement project. The session will involve smaller group discussion and interactive activities including an audit which evaluates a community’s strengths and weaknesses in terms of promoting healthy options.
The session will be structured to include three mini presentations each with an activity designed to engage participants and leave them with new tools or models to take back to their communities. We will end the program with a half hour group discussion of transferability and other questions that arise throughout the process.
, City of Kingston
Confirmed SpeakerKristen Wilson is the Grants Manager in the City of Kingston Department of Economic and Community Development where she seeks and manages grants for infrastructure projects and programs aimed at improving the quality of life in Kingston. Previously as a Senior Resource Educator in the Healthy Communities Program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, she directed a 4-year Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded project titled “Healthy Kingston for Kids,” and then guided the partnership to evolve into the emerging city-sponsored Live Well Kingston Coalition. She also co-facilitated the Healthy Ulster Council in collaboration with the Ulster County Department of Health. She has in-depth knowledge in the content area of Active Transportation (Complete Streets) and has worked on efforts to improve Healthy Food Access. Kristen has a Masters from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, during which she conducted research on watershed policy in Oaxaca, Mexico. Previously, she worked as an environmental educator and Outward Bound instructor. She is fluent in Spanish, and in her free time you can find her riding her bike with her daughter and husband, on a yoga mat, or enjoying the natural beauty of New York State.
, Town of Mansfield
Confirmed SpeakerLinda M. Painter, AICP Linda has over twenty years of experience as a professional planner in both the public and private sectors. She has served as the Director of Planning and Development for the Town of Mansfield since May 2011. Prior to joining Mansfield, she was the Deputy Director of Planning and Policy for the City of Providence and the Chief Planner for Land Development/Zoning Official for the City of Orlando. Linda has worked on a variety of planning projects throughout her career, including the development of new comprehensive plans for Providence and Mansfield and development of zoning regulations, including design guidelines and standards for a new urban neighborhood built on the site of the former Orlando Training Center. Linda received her MS in Community and Regional Planning and BA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.
, Connecticut Main Street Ctr.
Confirmed SpeakerSusan Westa, AICP, is the Community Engagement Director for the Connecticut Main Street Center. She leads the Center’s Come Home to Downtown Program, which received the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association’s 2013 Education and Outreach Award. Susan previously worked as an Extension Educator with the University of Connecticut where she served as Co-Director of the Green Valley Institute - the American Planning Association’s 2005 Public Education award winner. She also served as Coordinator for the Borderlands Village Innovation Pilot Project, the pilot of the Orton Family Foundation’s Heart and Soul Planning Program. Prior to that Susan worked as a planning consultant in upstate New York. Susan is a Certified Planner and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Science. She is the Connecticut Chapter of APA’s Professional Development Officer and Program Committee Co-Chair, and on the Program Committee of the Southern New England APA conference. Susan sits on the Town of Mansfield’s Planning and Zoning and Inland Wetland Commissions. She participated in the Eastern Highland’s Healthy Communities Project representing this rural college town.
, Eastern Highlands Health District
Confirmed SpeakerRobert L. Miller, MPH Robert Miller’s professional experience includes 29 years in the field of local governmental public health. He is currently the Director of Health for the Eastern Highlands Health District (EHHD), a position he has held for the past 19 years. The EHHD comprise ten municipalities in eastern Connecticut serving a total population of 80,000. Robert is one of the founding members of the EHHD’s Community Health Action Response Team (CHART), a cross-sector community coalition established in 2008 that aims to identify and implement sustainable policy, systems, and environmental changes, which promote healthy behaviors in the local community. Robert is a registered sanitarian, holds a Bachelor’s of Science, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Connecticut.
, Ocean Grove
Confirmed SpeakerJon A. Carnegie, AICP/PP, is Executive Director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and an adjunct member of the faculty at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers. Mr. Carnegie has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of land use and transportation planning and policy at the municipal, county and regional level. Mr. Carnegie’s expertise includes: transportation, land use and environmental planning and policy; community development; public engagement; vulnerability/risk assessment; emergency management and evacuation; community impact analysis; sustainability; environmental justice; and equity issues related to traditionally underserved populations. He holds a B.A. and a Master of City and Regional Planning degree from Rutgers University. From 2012-2015, Mr. Carnegie serves as the Project Director for Together North Jersey, a HUD-funded Sustainable Communities Regional Planning initiative led by the Bloustein School at Rutgers University. This three-year project included extensive public outreach and community engagement that resulted in the development of a long-range Regional Plan for Sustainable Development for 13 north Jersey counties. In addition to outreach, the planning process also included the preparation of a fair housing and equity assessment that examined how historic, current and future policies and public infrastructure investment decisions have or may impact low-income, minority and other traditionally underserved populations in the region. The Final Together North Jersey regional plan uses sustainability, transit system connectivity and Transit-Oriented Development as the central framework for integrating plans, regulations, investments, and incentive programs at all levels of government to improve economic and environmental conditions while promoting resource efficiency, community resiliency and access to opportunity for all the region’s residents.
, Highland Park
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Senick, PhD is Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Green Building and co-Facilitator of the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University. An experienced urban planner, Dr. Senick lectures and publishes on topics in sustainable development, health and green building, environmental behavior, technology adoption, and multi-method approaches to field inquiry and building performance evaluation. Current appointments include Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), Co-chair of EDRA Sustainable Planning Design and Behavior Network; Coordinator of International Health Planning and Impact Assessment Initiatives, American Planning Association (APA) International Division; Global Urbanism Biennial Theme Faculty Committee, Rutgers Global Advancement and International Affairs Centers (GAIA Centers); Member, Rutgers Sustainability Committee. Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers, her M.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and her A.B. in Government from Bowdoin College.
Confirmed SpeakerMelinda Herzog is the Healthy Communities Program Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC), where she has six years of experience in coordinating coalitions for health, including Live Well Kingston, the Healthy Ulster Council, and Ulster County Creating Healthy Places. She also manages CCEUC’s Nutrition Education and Parenting programs. She has an M.S. in Biology and Education from the University at Albany, and a B.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University. She is the mother of two grown sons and lives with her husband in Saugerties, NY.