Metrics for Planning Healthy Communities

By Anna Ricklin, AICP, Sagar Shah, PhD



Inside this "Metrics for Planning Healthy Communities" report is a set of Healthy Planning Metrics that can be used to assess, measure, monitor, and report progress toward healthy planning goals.

Key built environment indicators and policies are identified for five healthy communities domains to promote health and measure health inequities.


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May 1, 2017
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American Planning Association

About the Authors

Anna Ricklin, AICP

Sagar Shah, PhD
Sagar Shah, PhD is Planning and Community Health Center Manager at the American Planning Association. In this role, he currently leads applied research projects connecting urban planning and public health at the APA. His research interest includes investigating the role planners can play in creating healthy communities with emphasis on health equity. In addition to research, he has a passion for data analysis and teaching. Dr. Shah holds a PhD in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Southern California.