Tag Archives: Healthy Communities

Making Healthy Places: The Role of Social Support & Interaction

A growing body of research is showing how placemaking initiatives—from community gardens to resident-led painting projects—help generate strong social ties and a sense of belonging amongst community members, which has proven to reduce psychological distress, social isolation, and depression. As more and more researchers are recognizing that social health is the foundation for physical health, these findings present exciting opportunities and challenges for urban planners as well as public health advocates and practitioners. Join this Project for Public Spaces webinar... Read more

Leveraging Resources for Brownfields Revitalization: Meet the Funders: Parks, Community Health, and the Arts

Brownfield grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can support redevelopment of contaminated sites. This EPA webinar will highlight a number of redevelopment resources available from the National Park Service (NPS), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to leverage your brownfield dollars. The webinar will also feature a presentation from a community that has successfully used grants, loans and other support from these agencies for its revitalization efforts. Register... Read more

The Secret to a Happy, Healthy City? Places for People to Protest

What makes a city great? More and more research says that open public spaces and streets are a key to making a city great. These are where people gather naturally, to socialize and, in a politicized time, to protest. And those two functions make public space the key to the economic and social health of cities. Read more... Read more

The Role of Public Health in Complete Streets

What’s the connection between public health and Complete Streets? And how can professionals in public health and transportation work together to create streets that are safe and convenient for a variety of active transportation choices? Join the National Complete Streets Coalition and guests Voices for Healthy Kids and the American Public Health Association for this event to discuss all these questions and more. Register now... Read more

Special Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide

America Walks in partnership with National Quality Forum will share The Action Guide, an important resource for coming together to create healthy communities. The Action Guide is a framework to help multi-sector groups work together to improve population health by addressing 10 interrelated elements for success and using the related resources as needed. Attendees will learn about the Action Guide from the experts who created it and how it can be used in their own work from real-life examples. Register... Read more

The Key To Healthier Living In North Texas Might Be Better Urban Planning

When it comes to combating health problems like obesity or diabetes, most people think it’s the responsibility of doctors and nutritionists. But urban planners, architects and engineers play a role as well. The way a city or a building is planned can encourage people to walk more and be healthier in their everyday lives. Read more... Read more
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