Planning and Community Health Center

Tools for Planners to Address Health

Funded by the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, APA has developed the following tools, resources, and professional development guidance to enhance health-oriented planning.

Metrics for Planning Healthy Communities

May 2017

Planners are beginning to integrate health into planning practice and decisions, but few tools exist to help track progress. Based on the research, the following five domains were identified to support planners efforts to improve health: 1) active living, 2) healthy food system, 3) environmental exposure, 4) emergency preparedness, and 5) social cohesion. Key built environment indicators and policies are identified for these categories to promote public health and provide tools to analyze health inequities.

Planning & Zoning for Health in the Built Environment

PAS Essential Info Packet 38

This annotated resource list offers a collection of background resources and how-to guidance on integrating health issues into policies and regulations that help shape the built environment. It also showcases example policies and ordinances from communities across North America that have successfully integrated public health into planning and zoning documents and regulations. This packet is available to all planners and the general public thanks to support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.