Planning and Community Health Research Center


Training and technical assistance for planners and allied professionals as well as guidance for the next generation of planning and public health officials are essential to educating a variety of stakeholders on how to create healthy, sustainable communities.

Current Activities

WEBINAR: Making a Plan: Partnerships for Transforming Community Health through City Planning

Successful partnerships are at the core of both public health and planning practice. With the right partners at the table, more change can happen faster and with greater satisfaction for communities. But how do we get planners to work with public health professionals? One answer: it takes leadership at the highest level. In this webinar, Planning Directors and Health Commissioners from Austin, Texas, and Baltimore pair up to discuss how they are building bridges between their departments and working to transform their approach to complex problems like chronic disease. The audience learns about how the Community Transformation Grant program has supported and encouraged these efforts in Austin, while in Baltimore, the city's mayor has pushed inter-departmental partnerships. This webinar was offered jointly by the American Planning Association and the American Public Health Association.

Slides and recording from the September 27, 2013 webinar

Philip Huang's presentation (pdf)

Carol Haywood's presentation (pdf)

Oxiris Barbot and Tom Stosur's presentation (pdf)

WEBINAR: Healthy Communities: Neighborhood Planning through a Health Equity Lens

The Community Transformation Grant program creates healthier communities by making healthy living easier and more affordable where people work, live, learn, and play. Communities are encouraged to make structural changes to the built environment and establish policies that facilitate healthier living through the development and implementation of initiatives that prevent chronic diseases. This approach is particularly critical in communities with the greatest health and economic disparities. This webinar featured stories of successful collaboration between public health and planning in Seattle and Fort Worth, Texas, and demonstrated the positive impact attention to health equity has in neighborhood planning.

Slides and recording from the July 18, 2013 webinar

Beth Althshuler's Presentation (pdf)

David Goldberg's Presentation (pdf)

Eric Fladager's Presentation (pdf)

Lou Brewer's Presentation (pdf)

Online Course: Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments

This online training course is a "how to" guide for conducting health impact assessments (HIA), developed by the American Planning Association and the National Association of County & City Health Officials, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Healthy Communities Webinar Series

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Center to Prevent Childhood Obesity and in collaboration with APA's Healthy Communities Interest Group, the Planning and Community Health Research Center is developing a series of six webinars that will focus on the role of planning in creating healthy communities that support physical, social and mental well-being.

Webinar 1: Planning and Implementing the Active Community

Webinar 2: Planning for Food Access and the Regional Food System

National Planning Conference

Each spring, APA hosts a national conference that showcases the latest research, case studies, innovative ideas, and best practices in the field of planning. This conference attracts planners, appointed and elected officials, architects and landscape architects, engineers, health professionals, food system planners, and a variety of other allied professionals.

Conference tracks have centered on the following topics: transportation, climate change, food systems planning, and health.

Past Activities

Healthy Communities through Collaboration

In 2003, a partnership between APA and the National Association of County and City Health Officials began to restore the bridge between land-use planning, community design, and public health practice.