August 2016: Plan4Health Blog Digest

Each month, we offer a digest of health-related blog posts from APA's Plan4Health program. Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health.

Interested in contributing to the blog? Let us know! Contact Aliza Norcross.

Walk Audits in Austin 

August 30, 2016

Walk audits are an excellent tool to critically evaluate the safety, comfort, and aesthetics of a street’s walkable landscape.

The 4 Ways Urban Parks Bring Value to City Life

August 25, 2016

Urban parks are dynamic institutions that play a vital role in the social, economic, and physical well-being of America’s cities and their residents.

Planners4Health — Funding for APA Chapters

August 24, 2016

APA will use third-year funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Planners4Health — an offshoot of the Plan4Health project that will concentrate on education, capacity building, and planning for healthy communities within APA chapters.

Education Is a Social Determinant of Health

August 23, 2016

Education, as with other social determinants of health, plays a major role in a person’s overall health and well-being.

New Resources for Local Food Systems Planning

August 18, 2016

Food systems planning is becoming an increasingly important topic in our communities.

Sacramento Regional Meeting Recap

August 16, 2016

This past week Plan4Health coalitions from around the country came together in Sacramento to participate in a multi-faceted meeting over the course of three days.

Jackson County Farmers’ Market Named 3rd Best in Midwest

August 11, 2016

The Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition is proud to announce that the farmers’ market in Carbondale was named the third best farmers market in the Midwest in a AAA summer travel guide.

National Farmers Market Week is August 7-13

August 9, 2016

National Farmers Market Week is a time to recognize and celebrate our local farmers markets and the important role they play in the health and well-being of communities throughout the nation.

Rapid Health Impact Assessments in Massachusetts

August 4, 2016

MAPC’s Public Health Department has been conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for the past five years.

Why Did a Public Health Guy Go to a Green Charrette?

August 3, 2016

As a public health guy working towards health equity, my career has been a continuous journey of peeling back layers to identify the root causes of disparate health outcomes.

July Health News

August 2, 2016

Each month we’ll highlight a few news stories from around the nation related to nutrition, physical activity, and chronic disease.


September 15, 2016

By Aliza Norcross