Metrics for Planning Healthy Communities

By Anna Ricklin, AICP, Sagar Shah, PhD, AICP



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
Anna Ricklin, AICP is a passionate advocate for healthy communities and is the first Health in All Policies Manager for the Fairfax County. In that role, she acts as a health ambassador across county agencies, promoting the integration of public health objectives into county plans, policies, and building projects. Formerly, Anna oversaw applied research and place-based initiatives to advance healthy planning practice at the American Planning Association, and began her career at the Baltimore City Department of Transportation. Anna has a background in health impact assessment, active transportation planning, and cross-sector collaboration, as well as recent work establishing metrics for healthy planning. Anna holds a Master of Health Sciences from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and lives in Falls Church, VA.

Sagar Shah, PhD, AICP
Sagar Shah, PhD, AICP is the Planning and Community Health Manager at the American Planning Association. In this role, he currently leads applied research projects connecting urban planning and public health at the APA. In his 10+ years of academic and professional career, he has worked on multiple applied research, community-based research, and basic research projects. This experience enables him to understand the implications of planning on environmental health and provides expertise in moderating the session. He also managed the APA work of this project and thus is quite familiar with the project and panel members.