APA Interact September 2, 2020

This Week at APA
September 2, 2020
Get directly actionable ideas and strategies in the new Toolkit to Integrate Health and Equity Into Comprehensive Plans.

APA research staff experts, with feedback from practicing planners, reviewed multiple comprehensive plans, and identified common goals, policies, and action items that planners can use to weave principles of equity, healthy communities, and inclusive plan-making processes into their comprehensive plans. Additionally, the toolkit includes Health Impact Assessment (HIA) examples for planners to work with. These key takeaways are available in the toolkit to help address potential gaps in your community's comprehensive plans.
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Policy and Advocacy Conference: Sneak peek at speakers

We're gathering key change makers in the planning policy world to join us at conference. And you're hearing about just a handful here first. These are experts who are embracing the power of the people and who are stepping out to make real change. The keynote will explore how planners can improve communication about housing and work with community leaders to tackle institutional barriers.
  • Anthony Foxx, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation in the Obama administration, and former mayor of Charlotte.
  • Dr. Tiffany Manuel, CEO of The Case Made, which helps leaders powerfully and intentionally build public will to take on the kinds of bold system changes this moment in our country requires.
  • Maurice Jones, CEO of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). Previously, he served as the Deputy Undersecretary of HUD in the Obama administration and as the Virginia Secretary of Commerce.
  • Conor Dougherty, New York Times economics reporter and author of Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America.
Check out more details and find out who else is speaking in the full program.
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APA Learn
How Planners Can Collaborate With Public Health During a Pandemic

In the COVID-19 era, communities need solutions ensuring safety, equity, and prosperity for all. This course explores how planners and public health departments can collaborate during emergencies to create more healthy and equitable communities. CM | 0.75
Planning Magazine
Racism as a public health crisis

Decades of research confirms what COVID-19 statistics show: Racism is the leading cause of health inequities. More than 20 cities and at least three states are issuing emergency health declarations – but will they effect change?
Planners helping small businesses become more resilient

Small businesses are critical to our communities, making up 44 percent of all economic activity in the United States. Thankfully, community planners are helping local small businesses navigate the pandemic by innovating and looking toward a more resilient future. APA public affairs manager Emily Pasi speaks with two Massachusetts planners on how they're working with struggling enterprises and helping them innovate for a stronger future.
Planning Magazine
The falling dominoes of climate change

Extreme Heat. Drought. Wildfires. Hurricanes. Natural disasters aren't always one-off events, and cascading hazards require a different approach to resiliency.
Public health plans impact many community decisions

Long-range planning that promotes public health influences where people live, learn, work, and play. It also affects broader issues of social equity and environmental justice. View resources such as "Integrating Health Into the Comprehensive Planning Process" and "An Evaluation of Comprehensive and Sustainability Plans Addressing Public Health" to learn more about how public health can be an essential component of comprehensive plans.
Volunteer to participate in APA's research

APA and the Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence are partnering on a DHS-funded project aimed at expanding the use of the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard. As part of our research, we are interested in conducting six brief interviews with local planners from different communities to learn more about their experiences with prioritizing plan integration, climate resilience, and social equity at the local level. If you have recommendations for potential interviewees or communities engaged in this work, please contact us at hazards@planning.org.
Survey: Plan integration for resilience

APA is conducting a survey to learn more about how members engage in plan integration processes and resilience initiatives in their communities. Your input will help guide the design of educational materials that will provide concrete guidance for planners presenting information to decision makers.

Please submit your feedback by September 18.
Attend your chapter conference

The fall chapter conference season kicks off soon! Here are September's opportunities for online networking and professional education.
September 9–11



September 14–16

September 16–18


September 23–25


September 29–October 1

Northern New England
Regional Futures Virtual Forum

Join the APA Regional and Intergovernmental Division for a virtual forum on October 20 to discuss topics such as food security, public health, racial equity, changing real estate markets, and mobility patterns. Collectively share best practices and reimagine the future of regionalism.
Long Range Planner
Clarksville Montgomery County Regional Planning Commission
Clarksville, TN
Town of Dumfries
Dumfries, VA
Community Development Director
City of Hilliard
Hilliard, OH
New Public Park Pre-Development Planning
Greektown Neighborhood Partnership
Detroit, MI
Parks & Recreation System Master Plan
City of Andover
Andover, KS

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