Planners and public health professionals are collaborators and conveners.
At the local, regional, and national levels, we strive to bring all stakeholders together to create vibrant, healthy places. The Plan4Health project is designed to leverage planners’ roles as collaborators and conveners to improve health outcomes.
Plan4Health is launching in neighborhoods, cities, and counties across the United States, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by American Planning Association (APA) chapters and American Public Health Association (APHA) affiliate members, Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. Each coalition is committed to increasing health equity through nutrition or physical activity. And, each coalition is dedicated to meeting the needs of residents where they live, work, or play.
Plan4Health is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center is an awardee of the CDC’s National Implementation and Dissemination for Chronic Disease Prevention funding opportunity. Plan4Health is one community within the larger project — sharing lessons learned and expertise with the American Heart Association; the National Women, Infants, and Children; Society for Public Health Education; and Directors of Health Promotion and Education.
These communities, in turn, complement the CDC’s ongoing work to reduce health disparities in communities of color through Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) and Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) funding opportunities. Together, these organizations are working to change the environments in which people make decisions about their lives and their health.
Texas Plan4Health News:
Healthy Tarrant County Collaboration / Plan4Health Tarrant County received the Dr. Ron J. Anderson Thinking Progressively for Health Award at the Texas Public Health Association's state conference last week. The project is funded by the P4H2 grant to Tarrant County through the APA Texas Chapter and APA in association with APHA. Read more...
The Plan4Health Austin project aims to increase physical activity through an active transportation encouragement program called Austin Smart Trips and to improve access to nutritious food through a neighborhood food systems planning effort. This is a place based initiative focused on North Central Austin led by the City of Austin in partnership with the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association and the America Public Health Association. Read More...