July 16, 2014

APA Recognized in National Prevention Strategy Annual Report

Report to the U.S. President highlights APA's role in connecting public health and planning professionals.

CHICAGO — The American Planning Association's work on bringing together public health and planning professionals was recognized in the 2014 National Prevention Strategy Annual Report. The report was presented to the President of the United States and members of Congress on July 1.

Cover of National Prevention Council 2014 Annual Status Report"It's an honor to have APA's work nationally recognized," said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA's Planning and Community Health Research Center.

"It is vital that planners and public health professionals work collaboratively toward the common goal of making our communities healthier and supporting healthy lifestyles for everyone. APA's Center aims to advance that goal by bringing leaders together and sharing best practices to create communities of lasting value."

In the report, APA is recognized for providing professional development and learning opportunities for public health professionals and planning professionals during APA's 2014 National Planning Conference as part of the "Building Bridges Between Public Health and Community Design/Planning" initiative. APA partnered with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Georgia Institute of Technology on the initiative.

At the National Planning Conference, APA hosted a three-day health symposium. Keynote speakers included Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak, acting U.S. Surgeon General, and APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges C. Benjamin. Sessions during the symposium focused on building partnerships for healthy communities, integrating health into local planning, and creating systems for active living, and access to nutritious food.

APA is also collaborating on the Built Environment and Public Health Clearinghouse, an online resource portal for training and news about the intersection of health and place. APA has added resources to the portal and engaged professionals from different disciplines on how to maximize use of the portal. Leaders from various disciplines include representatives from transportation, architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, clinical care, and local communities, in addition to planning and public health.

The National Prevention Council's 2014 Annual Status Report demonstrates the nation's progress and highlights the collective impact of the federal government and its partners to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families and communities. The report was produced by the National Prevention Council that is working to refocus the nation on prevention and wellness and increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life.

APA's Planning and Community Health Research Center focuses on creating healthier communities. The center has been working to advance healthier policies and planning practices through research, education, training, information sharing, and partnerships.

Image: Acting U.S. Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris D. Lushniak speaks with participants of APA's "Running Historic Streets" mobile workshop, held during 2014 APA's National Planning Conference in Atlanta. Lushniak was the opening keynote speaker for the conference. Photo by Joe Szurszewski.

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.


Roberta Rewers, APA Public Affairs; 312-786-6395; rrewers@planning.org