Planning and Community Health Research Center
Through a variety of institutional partnerships and outreach activities, APA increases awareness of health and planning issues.
APA's Food Interest Group (FIG) is a coalition of APA members interested in or actively engaged in food system planning at the local, regional, state, or national level.
APA's Healthy Communities Interest Group (HCIG) is a collation of APA members interested in creating healthier communities.
The Planning and Community Health Research Center recently developed and launched the Planning Healthy Communities Forum — an online public, social networking forum centered on planning and community health, which supports a growing network of planning, public health, transportation, parks and recreation, and food policy professionals interested in improving the built and natural environments to support health, equity and sustainability. Through blog, discussion forum, and chatting applications, forum participants interact, share information, and discuss important issues related to topics at the intersection of planning, public health, and sustainability.
APA's Planning and Community Health Research Center provides information and guidance to YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) Healthy Communities Roundtable. The Roundtable — supported by Y-USA's Pioneering Healthier Communities cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — builds upon Y-USA's existing relationships with major national organizations and solidifies new alliances among additional national partners. The creation of the Roundtable seeks to inspire the creation, replication, and sustainability of healthy communities by leveraging the collective strength and expertise of national organizations offering policy and environmental change strategies and connecting far-reaching networks across the country.
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.