News Release: September 25, 2014

Grant Funding Strengthens the Connection Between Planning and Public Health

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Announced today, the American Planning Association (APA) is receiving year-one funding totaling $2.9 million from a grant provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help communities improve overall health and prevent chronic disease.

Seventy-five percent of the funding will support local and state coalitions working to advance public health through more innovative planning and partnerships. Remaining funds will be used to provide assistance and training for local planning and public health initiatives. The grants will support community efforts to increase opportunities for physical activity, improve access to nutritious food, decrease exposure and consumption of tobacco, and increase access to health care.

The project will be implemented in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and represents a major new collaboration between planners and public health professionals. In the coming month, APA and APHA will announce a request for proposals from state and local coalitions interested in working within their communities to improve public health.

To receive information about the grant and the coming Request for Proposals, e-mail

APA’s Planning and Community Health Center is dedicated to integrating community health issues into local and regional planning practices by advancing research, outreach, education, and policy.

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.