How Well Do Comprehensive Plans Promote Public Health?
August 27, 2013
Since 2010, the American Planning Association has worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to examine the inclusion of public health goals within comprehensive plans and their implementation. This presentation identified best practices for the effective integration of public health goals into plans and successful approaches to cross-sector collaboration and community partnerships to implement those goals.
Results from the ongoing research show that the use of health data (crash, chronic disease, crime rates) and information on the distribution and accessibility of services and amenities (clinical, transit, retail, recreation) bolsters plans, creates tracking mechanisms, and makes them more relatable to the general public. Such practices also lead to more timely, successful implementation.
Attendees heard case study examples of how local government agencies build upon partnerships for assistance and resources to translate a comprehensive plan from policy document into a set of actions to improve community health. This presentation offered a clear and targeted avenue for intervention at the highest level of built environment planning.