Plan4Health is a three year project designed to strengthen the connection between the planning and public health professions. It connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by members of the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA) and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. These coalitions are made up of APA chapters, APHA affiliates, local non-profits, schools, parks and recreation departments, universities – and more! These coalitions are working to launch and to strengthen strategies for healthy planning.
Over the past two years, APA Ohio received funding for three projects here in Ohio!
Increasing opportunities for physical activity in Columbus is the goal of the Columbus Public Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Advisory Board. Throughout this project and beyond, strategies to increase and promote physical activity were implemented, and include:
- Increasing the number of elementary and middle schools implementing Safe Routes to School Travel Plan recommendations
- Increasing the number of employers in Columbus who encourage active commuting
- Incorporating a health impact assessment into the Connect Columbus multimodal transportation plan
- Developing a strategic plan for Central Ohio Greenways that includes recommendations to improve trail access and provide trail based programming for residents
Summit County believes higher levels of community health are possible through urban design. To achieve this, Plan4Health Summit County will:
- Incorporate Complete Streets policies into existing transportation plans
- Expand use of garden space throughout the community placing an emphasis on bringing farm fresh produce to the community
- Introduce client choice pantries to the existing pantry system
The Plan4Health Lake County coalition aims to develop personalized Community Health Action Plans for communities in Lake County lacking access to healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. By working with a diverse group of professional partners and residents, Plan4Health Lake County will create a model for developing comprehensive Community Health Action Plans in addition to the Plan itself.
The Planners4Health initiative marks the three year culmination of APA’s $9 million Plan4Health program. APA Ohio has received a $45,000 grant in this last phase. This six month initiative to begin February 2017 will ensure planners and public health professionals have access to information and resources to help their communities more easily support and implement healthy living choices.
APA Ohio will use the grant funding to broadly share knowledge and resources on building coalitions with public health professionals and more strongly integrating public health into local and regional planning practices.
The program serves both as an opportunity to disseminate lessons learned from previous coalition work, and a chance to sustain the health agenda within APA.
PEER LEARNING NETWORK
Plan4Health’s Peer Learning Network (PLN) connects planners and public health professionals creating change in their communities via a virtual network.
You know your communities best – and Plan4Health is committed to elevating and to amplifying the expertise of Plan4Heath coalitions by showcasing your work and the work of your peers.
The PLN is open to organizational partners, community leaders, professional allies and anyone passionate about creating vibrant, healthy places!
CURRICULUM WEBINAR SERIES
A cornerstone of Planners4Health is a six part curriculum series guiding members through each step of the project. Five of six sessions will be offered via webinar for CM credit. Anyone is welcome to attend the online sessions; please follow the links below to register:
Session Four: Building Coalitions and Engaging the Community (closed session)