Policy Guide in Development: Planning and Health

Healthy Communities Policy Guide Adopted 

APA takes official position on planning and health

APA's Board of Directors has adopted a new policy guide that suggests policy recommendations aimed at integrating health considerations into planning processes and outcomes.

The guide will soon be available.

Exploring the Issue 

The issue of health has consistently risen as a legislative priority in recent years. Several member groups, including the Healthy Communities Collaborative, APA's health interest group; APA's Washington Chapter; and the Food Interest Group, have urged work on a policy guide related to planning and health.

The Healthy Communities is a valuable extension of the existing Plan4Health work, especially efforts completed in the final grant year supporting healthy planning at the state level.

The guide will also help with upcoming and ongoing federal legislative work related to such issues as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, and implementation of the FAST Act.