From California to Delaware: Transferable Plans for Active Communities

Saturday, May 6, 2017 | 4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
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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.


Suzanne Nienaber , AICP , Center for Active Design c/o WeWork , New York , NY (see bio)
Michelle Eichinger , Cumming , GA (see bio)
Mary Ellen Gray , AICP , City of Newark , Newark , DE (see bio)
Edie Zusman , NorthBay Center for Neuroscience , Fairfield , CA (see bio)
Kirin Kumar , WALKSacramento , Sacramento , CA