APA Interact June 24, 2020

June 24, 2020
From both a public health and an economic perspective, marginalized populations — primarily residents in Black and Latinx communities — have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. As planners work to address challenges raised by the pandemic, it is important to seek and listen to the experiences of affected community members and use those perspectives to be a catalyst for reinvention, not just recovery.

Peer into a city that has placed planning at the center of equitable economic recovery. In the third part of APA's "Road to Recovery" video series, APA President Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, and Samantha Harkins, deputy mayor of Lansing, Michigan, discuss coronavirus recovery in light of the recent protests demanding equity and justice throughout the country in response to police profiling and violence.

Watch the video interview to hear how planning can help make recovery and reinvention efforts equitable and how to start rebuilding the economy while addressing injustice.
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Webinar and Live Discussion: How Planners Can Collaborate With Public Health During a Pandemic

Thursday, June 25 | 12-1:30 p.m. CT

Addressing health inequities requires planning as a partner in a crisis. Identify unique opportunities to insert planning into COVID-19 response and recovery to shape healthy communities. Hear success stories and real-life examples of how planners can use data tracking, mapping clusters of outbreaks, contact tracing, and more.

You will have access to public health planning experts in this interactive course. Join the webinar and breakouts — highlighting how planners can be agile and advance equitable local solutions. CM | 1.5

Directly explore the intersection between public health and planning in today's pandemic.
PAS Report
Planning with diverse communities

Historical patterns of segregation and racial discrimination have left many communities of color disadvantaged and underserved. The responsibility of planners to serve diverse publics and build better, more inclusive communities is more important than ever before. This PAS Report will help planners better address the social, cultural, and economic needs of diverse communities to reap the potential benefits of growing diversity and create more equitable communities for everyone.
How COVID-19 has underscored the digital divide

COVID-19 has illustrated that broadband is increasingly a necessity, not a luxury — a reality that many communities already knew. Digital divide expert and officer for the broadband research initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts, Anna Read, dispels common misconceptions and shares success stories and programs that are working to close the access gap.
Planning First Look
7 ways to strengthen your climate change planning

From fostering racial justice to implementation, these tips are the blueprint for addressing equitable climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience in every single plan.
Recorded Webinar
Responding to anti-Black racism in urbanist practices and conversations

This first session of a two-part webinar series from the Canadian Urban Institute features five Black urbanists and planners from Canada and the U.S. in an honest and gripping conversation about the effects of the structural racism baked into urbanism, and offers key recommendations for how to change planning practices to correct inequality in land use, design, and policy.

The second session focused on tangible actions to counter racism in urban practice such as acknowledging that planning is not neutral, asking who is not at the table and why, and being willing to extend timelines to let communities express and work through conflict.
Research KnowledgeBase
Using hazard mitigation tools for climate change adaptation and advancing social equity

While hazard mitigation often receives the most attention in the aftermath of a specific disaster, there is a growing awareness of the importance of hazard mitigation to climate change adaption and advancing social equity goals.

The latest Research KnowledgeBase collection offers resources providing background information and policy guidance, and examples of plans and regulations that illustrate how cities, counties, and regional agencies are taking steps to mitigate natural and human-caused hazard risks.
Don't delay: Apply for AICP Certification

Are your AICP application materials ready to submit? The final application deadline is Friday, June 26 at 3 p.m. CT. Before submitting your application, read the AICP Guide - Part 1 to set yourself up for success. The AICP Guide - Part 2 gives you information on registering for the AICP certification exam and the new testing options available.
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