Tag Archives: Public Health

Baltimore Sensors Will Measure Air Pollution Block by Block

Researchers are well aware that Baltimore’s summer air quality can be hazardous to residents’ health. But understanding how smog levels differ from neighborhood to neighborhood could help policy-makers address public health crises with greater precision. Read more... Read more

Recipe for Resiliency

​Planners across the country are working to transform their local food systems into drivers of sustainability. By empowering communities and consumers to influence what and how food is grown, where it is distributed, and who benefits from fresh, healthy food, planners are leading the way to a more sustainable food system. Read more... Read more

Land Use Planning and Zoning for Public Health: Exploring Legal Issues

This session will expand upon the legal basis of planning to promote and protect public health through land use and zoning. Speakers will address the historic connection between zoning, public health, and environmental justice, as well as the legal and ethical challenges to zoning for health. Representatives from both national and local agencies will offer their perspectives, followed by a robust Q & A session with the audience. Eligible for 1.5 AICP CM Law Credits. Register now... Read more

Planners4Health: Sustaining Momentum

This session of American Planning Association’s Planners4Health Curriculum series focuses on sustaining the healthy communities movement. Participants will learn about strategies for sustainability, including disseminating lessons learned and spreading best practices. There will be a continued focus on equity. Participants will learn about Plan4Health and partner resources, tools, and success stories. Register now... Read more

Brownfield Health Indicator Tool

​Brownfield redevelopment is complicated, often with many roadblocks to remediation, but communities who avoid brownfield sites can inadvertently limit economic development opportunities in areas of higher poverty or urban neighborhoods. Minnesota Brownfields and the Minnesota Department of Health have developed a new Brownfield and Health Assessment tool to assist planners, public health professionals, and other brownfield redevelopment influencers engage the community in redevelopment planning. Learn more... Read more

Urban Blight and Public Health: Addressing the Impact of Substandard Housing, Abandoned Buildings, and Vacant Lots

​We spend more than two-thirds of our time where we live; thus, housing and neighborhood conditions affect our well-being. The health impacts from blighted properties are often not immediately visible or felt. This report synthesizes recent studies on the complexities of how blight affects the health of individuals and neighborhoods while offering a blend of policy and program recommendations to help guide communities in taking a more holistic and coordinated approach, such as expanding the use of health impact assessments,... Read more

Community Health Check-Up: How to Use the 2017 County Health Rankings to Improve Community Health and Wellbeing

​The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors in counties across the country. Join our webinar to learn about how to use the Rankings to improve the culture of health in your county! Experts at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute will answer key questions that counties ask about the Rankings, and a county leader will discuss how that county used the Rankings to improve health and well-being. Register now... Read more
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