Plan4Health: Partnering for Equity

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You'll learn about:

  • The Plan4Health project and how APA and APHA are supporting innovative approaches to social change at the local level

  • The power and necessity of cross-sector work for achieving planning and public health goals

  • The importance of equity as a strategy for increasing sustainability and for reaching vulnerable communities

An initiative of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center that is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by APA chapters and American Public Health Association (APHA) affiliates, Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. Equity, a core value of Plan4Health, has informed how coalitions have identified—and are supporting—communities experiencing chronic disease at disproportionate rates. Learn about the tools and resources for incorporating equity into project plans as well as lessons learned from two Plan4Health coalitions.   

This session will introduce equitable planning, featuring tools and resources created by ChangeLab Solutions and the Washington State Department of Health. ChangeLab Solutions has developed checklists and model language for incorporating equity into planning processes. The Washington State Department of Health developed a statewide data index that displays tailored health, planning, and equity indicators in an interactive mapping format. Case examples of two Plan4Health coalitions, the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition and the Puyallup Watershed Inititative Active Transportation Community of Interest, will allow you to see this work “in action.”


About the Speakers

Jim Brown
Jim is a native Baltimorean, bike commuter, and recreational rider. He is excited to work with Bikemore to make cycling a viable, fun and dignified mode of transportation and recreation for all of Baltimore’s residents. Jim works as Manager of Trail Development at the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and he holds a Masters Degree in landscape architecture from Morgan State University. His prior experience in Baltimore is in the fields of environmental education, city parks, and trails programming. He has also served as a community development and natural resources volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Tanzania. These days you can find Jim at Baltimore’s great festivals, or on his bike taking in all the city has to offer.

Heather Wooten
Heather Wooten is Senior Vice President of Program Strategy at ChangeLab Solutions, where she builds the capacity of local leaders to make lasting change. After working for over a decade at the intersection of health and built environment policy, she believes in the power of good governance to create healthy, sustainable, and economically vibrant communities for all. Heather oversees work that includes policy research, analysis, and drafting; development of innovative tools that make the policymaking process accessible to all; community and stakeholder capacity building through coaching and technical assistance; and training development and delivery. She is co-author of How to Create and Implement Healthy General Plans and recipient of the 2014 William R. and June Dale Prize for Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona for her work in food systems planning. Heather graduated from the University of Minnesota and received her master’s degree in city planning from UC Berkeley.

Liz Kaster
Liz Kaster is the Manager of the Active Transportation Community of Interest (AT COI), a community coalition working to increase access to safe, healthy, and affordable active transportation options. The AT COI is one of six coalitions that make up the Puyallup Watershed Initiative, a regional collective impact project aimed at improving the health of people and places from Mount Rainier to Tacoma, Washington. Prior to leading the AT COI, Liz worked as an urban planner in both the public and private sectors – helping communities across the Northwest make it safe, easy, and fun to walk, bike, skateboard, and take transit. She has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.

Liz Cornish
Liz Cornish serves as Bikemore’s Executive Director. Liz is a long time bike commuter who came to bike advocacy because she believes bikes are tool for creating vibrant communities that connect citizens to recreation, jobs, and each other. She most recently served as the Women Bike Manager for the League of American Bicyclists in Washington D.C., supporting local advocates across the nation in their efforts to encourage more women to ride. She lives in Charles Village with her dog Daisy.