Healthy Community Planning: Methods and Tools
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Understand the importance of infusing health into the planning process and consequent implementation decisions, to affect root causes of health.
Understand the similarities and differences between Health-in-All-Policies and Health Impact Assessments.
Learn about when and how to apply a Health-in-All Policies approach and Health Impact Assessment strategy in local planning.
More than 55% of our health is affected by social, economic and environmental conditions in our built environments (Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Both the planning and the public health sectors have a role in shaping healthy communities, with greater impact to be had by working together. Health-in-all-policies (HiAP) is an emerging approach for integrating health into planning and policy processes. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a strategy for mitigating potential unintended health consequences, while optimizing positive health outcomes of a specific policy or project. Hear successful stories from the west and east coasts about how the two approaches are used. Presenters will engage participants in an interactive discussion to learn how and when to use health impact assessment or health in all policies approach in planning.
Leigh Ann Von Hagen
Confirmed SpeakerLeigh Ann Von Hagen AICP/PP is a Research Project Manager for the Voorhees Transportation Center and facilitator for the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative at Rutgers University. For over fifteen years, Ms. Von Hagen’s work focuses on addressing health disparities by developing sustainable transportation and land use solutions for communities. She conducts continuing education training on Health Impact Assessment and facilitates health in all polices discussions (phci.rutgers.edu.) As a veteran bicycle and pedestrian planner, she is a leader in creating multi-disciplined approaches to environmental and policy change through community-based initiatives and partnership building. Leigh Ann manages the NJ Department of Transportation’s Safe Routes to School Resource Center (saferoutesnj.org) and the New Jersey School Crossing Guard program (njcrossingguards.org.) She specializes in addressing pedestrian and bicycle safety and access through research, training, education, community engagement, and dissemination of information about best practices in policy and design.
, Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Confirmed SpeakerAmy Pow, M.A., MCIP Principal Planner, Healthy Community Planning Graduated with a M.A. Degree in Regional and Community Planning from The University of British Columbia, Amy is a Registered Professional Planner and Full Member the Canadian Institute of Planners. Her career spans over various areas of planning expertise—public participation, social planning, land-use and housing, economic development, and parks and recreation. Five years ago, she brought her years of long-range and strategic planning passion to advance a higher goal—public and community health—in Tacoma and Pierce County, WA. Amy is a strong advocate for human-scale smart growth and complete neighborhoods, holistic approach to sustainability, and participatory decision-making. Her plans produced over the years have reflected her firm belief in developing communities as she develops the plan. Examples of her work include: West Vancouver’s Optimal Housing Mix Study; City Mississauga’s Public Participation Strategy and Industrial Strategy; City of North York’s (now Toronto) Trail Development Plan; City of Virginia Beach’s Housing Intensification and Diversification Strategy; Metro Parks Tacoma’s Green Vision 2030; City of Lakewood’s Parks and Recreation Legacy Plan; WA Chapter’s Policy on Healthy Community Planning; and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department’s Healthy Community Planning Toolbox.
, Edward J. Bloustein School, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
, Highland Park
Confirmed SpeakerJennifer Senick, PhD, is Executive Director of the Rutgers Center for Green Building at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Urban Planning and Policy Development, Rutgers University, and an instructor in the department. An experienced urban planner, Dr. Senick received her PhD. in Planning and Public Policy from Rutgers, her M.A. in Political Science from UCLA, and her A.B. in Government from Bowdoin College. Areas of expertise include sustainable development, green building, and environmental behavior, trends in technology adoption/use and multi-method approaches to field inquiry and building performance evaluation. Current appointments include Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), co-chair Sustainable Planning Design and Behavior Network; Coordinator of International Health Planning and Impact Assessment Initiatives, American Planning Association (APA) International Division; Facilitator, NJ Health Impact Collaborative; Global Urbanism Biennial Theme Faculty Committee, Rutgers Global Advancement and International Affairs Centers (GAIA Centers); Rutgers Sustainability Committee.