Planning and Community Health Center


Planners are collaborators and conveners. At the local, regional, and national levels, we strive to bring all stakeholders together to create vibrant, healthy places. This project is designed to leverage our roles as collaborators and conveners to improve health outcomes.

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.

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Plan4Health Case Study

Indy WalkWays: More than a Pedestrian Plan

Indy WalkWays: More Than a Pedestrian Plan is Indianapolis/Marion County, Indiana's first pedestrian plan, impacting the county's more than 940,000 residents.

Health by Design leveraged Plan4Health funding and community partnerships to develop the plan, which was adopted by the Metropolitan Development Commission in May 2016.

How to Find Your Local APA Chapter and APHA Affiliate

APA Chapters

APHA Affiliates


APA Resources

APHA Resources

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.

Additional Resources

Other Resources

Community Commons is an interactive mapping, networking, and learning utility for the broad-based healthy, sustainable, and livable communities' movement. Tools organized by topic:

  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health
  • 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

Policy, Systems, and Environmental (PSE) Specific

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Policy, Systems, and Environmental Specific chart