From California to Delaware: Transferable Plans for Active Communities
You'll learn about:
- Understand the role of health and equity in comprehensive plans and how design, planning, and policy can be used to elevate positive health impacts of the built environment.
- Understand how to implement local strategies to integrate active design and safety into local policies and comprehensive plans.
- Review tools to measure equity, food access and security and active living.
- Provide examples of effective cross-sector partnership models to bring health and planning together to strengthen healthy communities.
With over a third of US adults obese, there is a national movement to address the epidemic. The environments where we live, learn, work, and play directly influence health behaviors, the cost of healthcare, and quality of life. Despite research on the important connection between health and place, knowledge gaps persist. Planners and health practitioners must collaborate to: 1) update design and development policies to support healthy environment; 2) utilize health-related data to plan and design for active and livable communities; and 3) prioritize equity and safety in policy and funding practices.
Representatives from a diverse cross-section of disciplines, including planning, policy making, advocacy, and medicine from Sacramento County, CA and Kent County, DE, will share strategies for integrating health into comprehensive plans and design guidelines; analyzing and collecting data; stimulating cross-sector dialogue; and engaging community members as well as peer professionals. Building on established coalition structures and relationships with national experts, the recent Plan4Health funding from APA has provided these two communities an opportunity to accelerate healthy planmaking, potentially impacting citizens across both counties and providing transferable models for replication.
Confirmed SpeakerSuzanne Nienaber is Partnerships Director at the Center for Active Design, a non-profit organization using design to foster healthy and engaged communities. With expertise in urban planning and facilitation, Suzanne has orchestrated over 100 presentations and participatory workshops that encourage designers, planners, developers, and policymakers to transform the built environment to support community wellbeing. Prior to this role she was a consultant with New York City’s inter-agency Active Design team, where she developed and implemented training programs to familiarize public and private sector professionals with NYC’s award-winning Active Design Guidelines. Suzanne holds a Master of Urban Planning from New York University and has over a decade of experience working in the field. Previously, Suzanne was a Senior Planner at the firm of ACP Visioning+Planning, where she managed multi-jurisdictional visioning initiatives, master plans, and neighborhood-scale urban design plans. Suzanne is an AICP-designated planner, and is certified by the National Charrette Institute. Prior to her planning career she worked in the field of international public health, supporting nutrition and training programs at Helen Keller International.
Confirmed SpeakerMichelle Eichinger, MS, MPA, is President of Planning4Health Solutions, LLC, a public health consulting firm that integrates health data in community planning, design, and public policy. She has over 10 years of experience in program development, implementation, and evaluation; grant writing; policy development and analysis as they relates to chronic disease prevention and health promotion. She is recognized for her skills in public speaking, group facilitation and capacity building. Most recently, she assisted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in providing subject matter expertise in integrating public health in land use planning and policy. Prior to that, Michelle worked with the State of Delaware Division of Public Health in various leadership capacities, including Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention. She also coordinated the state’s Healthy Communities Program and worked closely with the State’s Planning Office, Department of Transportation, Division of Parks and Recreation and Economic Development Office in reviewing comprehensive plans and proposed development site plans throughout the state. Michelle has presented to local, state, and national meetings, including the American Planning Association National Meeting, Georgia Planning Association annual meeting, CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work annual meeting, and the Delaware Recreation and Parks Society annual meeting. Michelle earned her Master of Science in Health Promotion with concentrations in Lifespan Health and Disabilities, as well as a Master in Public Administration with concentrations in Health Policy and Organizational Leadership.
Mary Ellen Gray
, City of Newark
Confirmed SpeakerMary Ellen Gray has over 30 years of professional experience working at the local, state and federal level in the regulatory and planning fields. Ms. Gray’s experience includes over ten years working in the Washington, DC area including for a national non-profit and then an environmental consulting firm. Ms. Gray spent nine years working in Indiana including: for the City of Bloomington as an environmental planner; the State of Indiana working for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Office of Water Quality as the Planning Branch Chief and the Assistant Deputy Director; and then for the Monroe County Solid Waste Management District as the Director. Ms. Gray has been on the Delmarva Peninsula for the past ten years where she has worked as the Transportation and Long Range Planner for Wicomico County, MD as the Assistant Planning Director for Kent County, DE for over ten years and is currently the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Newark, DE. Ms. Gray also serves as the Chair of the Town of Camden Planning Commission, is a member on the Delaware APA Executive Committee where she is the Advocacy Chair, and is on the Board of Directors for the Dover YMCA. Ms. Gray has a geology degree from the University of Rochester, NY, a Masters in Planning from the University of Virginia and is an AICP member since 1997.
, NorthBay Center for Neuroscience
Confirmed SpeakerEdie E. Zusman, MD, MBA is the Chief of Neurosurgery and Medical Director of the NorthBay Center for Neuroscience, NorthBay Medical Center. She leads an innovative multidisciplinary Healthy Spine Program in conjunction with the NorthBay Wellness Center. Previously, Dr. Zusman was Medical Director for the Sutter Health East Bay Neuroscience Institute at Eden Medical Center and Medical Director for Sutter Sacramento, where she led her program to be ranked among America’s Best Hospitals in Neurology and Neurosurgery by US News & World Report in 2007 and 2008. Dr. Zusman completed her MBA at George Washington University with an emphasis on healthcare and health policy. Edie is widely acknowledged as an expert on the impact of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 on physicians and health systems. Edie writes and lectures on healthcare forecasting and the impact of vertically integrated Accountable Care Organizations, and was the lead author of the Preventive Medicine publication: “Moving toward implementation: The potential for accountable care organizations and private–public partnerships to advance active neighborhood design.”