Through an overarching collaborative strategy that brings together members of APA and the American Public Health Association (APHA), the Plan4Health project is building local capacity to address population health goals and promote the inclusion of health in non-traditional sectors.
Coalitions made up of APA chapters, APHA affiliate groups, and others are working to set a new paradigm for healthy planning. By leveraging complementary expertise and influence, this project seeks to expand the use of innovative tactics to address tough problems — making communities healthier and more equitable.
Featured Case Study
Food for All
Inclusive Food Planning in Austin, Texas
The Austin, Texas, Office of Sustainability partnered with the University of Texas to create the Food for All plan, using an approach that pilots the development of inclusive neighborhood food system planning. This report examines the project's focus on community engagement through surveys and focus groups, and bringing policy recommendations back to neighborhood residents and retailers before making them final.
The project website features in-depth descriptions of all 35 Plan4Health coalitions. For a sample of Plan4Health products, check out the sections below.
To learn more about Plan4Health projects and partners, view the following on-demand courses:
AARP's Livability Index CM | 0.50
Active Living Index CM | 1.0
Creating Story Maps CM | 1.0
Health Impact Assessment with Urban Land Institute CM | 1.0
Introduction to Wayfinding CM | 1.0
Landscape Performance for Healthy Communities CM | 0.50
Toolkit for Rural Communities CM | 0.50
Plan4Health at a Glance
Anchored by American Planning Association (APA) chapters and American Public Health Association (APHA) affiliates, with funding through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Community Health, Plan4Health supported creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions.
The 35 coalitions participating in the Plan4Health project are working to increase access to nutritious foods or to increase opportunities for physical activity. All coalitions include planners and public health professionals as well as a range of community-based organizations, such as universities, local governments, and others committed to building healthy, vibrant communities.
The following toolkits offer a snapshot of reports, webinars, toolkits, community examples, videos, podcasts, and more about active living, nutrition and health in all planning policies from Plan4Health. The toolkits can be read cover to cover or looked at in pieces, as each page can be a stand-alone document to inform and educate:
Additional information about the Plan4Health coalitions, including mini-webinars, videos, and podcasts, is available on the Plan4Health Peer Learning Network.
For more information about the final iteration of Plan4Health, check out Planners4Health.
Plan4Health impacted communities across the country. From regions to cities to neighborhoods, coalitions advanced strategies to make it easier to be active and to eat healthy food. The map below represents established or emerging coalitions from both cohorts of Plan4Health.
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To learn more about each coalition, select the links below.
Chatham County, Georgia
Dane County, Wisconsin
Eastern Highlands, Connecticut
Kane County, Illinois
Kenton County, Kentucky
Kingston, New York
Linn County, Iowa
Metro Boston, Massachusetts
Nashua, New Hampshire
St. Louis, Missouri
Summit County, Ohio
Trenton, New Jersey
City of Dover / Kent County Delaware
Eagle County, Colorado
Exurban Louisville, Kentucky
Jackson County, Illinois
Lake County, Ohio
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Greater Helena Area in Lewis & Clark County, Montana
Mount Hope, Rhode Island
Pierce County, Washington
Sacramento County, California
Shawano and Menominee Counties, Wisconsin
Tarrant County, Texas
Thomas County, Kansas
Tulsa County, Oklahoma
Umatilla County, Oregon
Plan4Health Coalition Case Studies
- Planning and Community Health Center
- Healthy Plan Making: Case study analysis on partnerships and collaborations for comprehensive planning
- Public Health Terms for Planners and Planning Terms for Public Health Professionals
- Health in All Policies Guide: Toolkit for using collaborative approaches to improve population health
- Transportation and Health Toolkit
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC's A Practitioners Guide for Advancing Health Equity is focused on policy, systems, and environmental improvements designed to improve the places where people live, learn, work, and play
CDC's The Guide to Community Preventive Services is the place to find evidence-based recommendations and findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force. The guide:
- Uses a science-based approach
- Covers many health topics and types of interventions for behavior change, disease prevention and environmental change
- Identifies where more research is needed
- Complements other decision support tools, such as Healthy People 2020
CDC's Social Vulnerability Index uses U.S. Census variables at tract level to help local officials identify communities that may need support in preparing for hazards, or recovering from disaster.
- Health Impact Project
- ChangeLab Solutions
- National Association of County and City Health Officials: Stories from the Field, Health in All Policies, and Using Policy, Systems, and Environmental Change to Prevent Chronic Disease
- CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative
- Growing Food Connections Policy Database
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
- County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
- Federal Reserve's Healthy Communities Initiative
- National Healthy Housing Standard
Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities' movement. Tools organized by topic:
- Food Systems
- Local Economy
Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse
- Explore resources by discipline
- Access webinars
- Read guides and primers
- Locate Data and Assessment Tools
- 1,100-plus word interdisciplinary glossary
National Prevention Strategy aims to guide our nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being;envisions a prevention-oriented society where all sectors recognize the value of health for individuals, families, and society and work together to achieve better health for Americans
- Partner Implementation Models showcase how organizations from around the country are utilizing the National Prevention Strategy (NPS) to guide their work to improve individual and community health and wellbeing