The Healthy Communities in PA task force encourages healthy community design in Pennsylvania by combining expertise from the planning and health fields. Join the group at our next Orientation and Information Sharing call on July 18, 2017 at 2pm.
August 22 Healthy Communities in PA Round Table
Join planning and health professionals from around Pennsylvania for a day long workshop to further healthy community design in Pennsylvania. The morning sessions will be a joint session with Pennsylvania Interagency Health Equity Team, with the afternoon focusing on how the Healthy Communities in PA task force can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Pennsylvanians. Agenda Register Now
Want to help encourage healthy community design in Pennsylvania? This quick (10 min) survey lets us know your healthy community design priorities to help identify resources for Pennsylvania’s communities. If you are involved with a program or project related to healthy community design, including it in this survey can help you advertise your program as a resource to other Pennsylvania communities.
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What is Healthy Community Design?
Healthy communities make the healthy choice the easy choice. Healthy community design advocates work to link the fields of health and planning to ensure that those designing the built environment consistently consider health outcomes and those seeking to improve public health consider the physical environment.
When the Healthy Communities in PA Task Force uses the term healthy community design, it is related to this perspective of linking health and planning by professionals and advocates. The healthy communities we are trying to enable through design has a much more inclusive definition that covers many different aspects. For more extensive background on healthy communities in the broader context of community consider the following resources:
“Healthy community design is about planning and designing communities to make it easier for people to live healthy lives. Healthy community design encourages mixed land uses to bring people closer to the places where they live, work, worship, and play. Doing so reduces dependence on cars and provides affordable housing, good bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, space for social gathering, and access to transit, parks, and healthy foods.”
-U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Places
- Redefining Healthy Communities Report by Health Resources in Action
- California Planning Roundtable’s Healthy Communities Task Force
What is the Healthy Communities in PA Task Force?
The Healthy Communities in PA Task Force combines the expertise of health and planning professionals to discuss the best ways to encourage healthy communities design implementation in Pennsylvania. The Healthy Communities in PA Task Force was created with the assistance of a CDC Partnerships in Community Health Planners4Health grant from the national American Planning Association (APA).
The task force holds a regular telephone call, typically on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 2 p.m. to introduce new members and have general information sharing as outlined in this one page description. The task force forms working groups to tackle projects as needed which meet at the convenience of the members. Anyone wishing to further the implementation of healthy community design in Pennsylvania is welcome to join this google group listserv or submit your information in the contact us section of our website with the request “Join Healthy Communities in PA.”
- In person or Pennsylvania specific healthy community design events are available on our website calendar.
- Upcoming webinars on healthy community design are listed at http://plan4health.us/events/
- Archived webinar recordings can be found at https://www.planning.org/nationalcenters/health/planners4health/
- Videos and archived webinars on Healthy Community Design can be found at https://www.youtube.com/user/AmericanPlanningAssn/search?query=health
- Resources organized through the CDC’s six core areas for understanding the connection between public health and built environment from “making the case” to “application” can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/training_framework.htm
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Healthy Communities in PA Round Table
Join planning and health professionals from around Pennsylvania for a day long workshop to further healthy community design in Pennsylvania. The morning session will be a joint session with the Pennsylvania Interagency Health Equity Team, with the afternoon focusing on how the Healthy Communities in PA task force can help make the healthy choice the easy choice for all Pennsylvanians. Refreshments will be provided.
Public Health 3.0: Moving Healthy Forward
Despite public health’s increasing focus on how environments impact health, our ZIP codes remain a more accurate determinant of health than our genetic codes. Join the Pennsylvania Department of Health for a conversation about how we can work together to create conditions that allow all members of our communities to live healthy lives.
FitCityPHL is an annual full-day symposium that explores design strategies in workplaces, neighborhoods, and cities that improve health by promoting physical activity and healthy eating. It brings together individuals representing the sectors of architecture, planning, design, landscape architecture, development, public health, research and evaluation, academia, philanthropy, and government to learn about how the built environment can have a positive impact on the negative health trends currently facing communities – particularly obesity and other chronic conditions. At this year’s symposium, attendees will be able to interact with public sector leaders in a town hall format, learn about community engagement and workplace active design strategies, and participate in several walking tours highlighting local examples of active design.