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Healthy Community Planning Toolbox


This toolbox is designed to help planners integrate health in planning documents with the intent that each community can “right-size” or customize the tools to fit their community context - needs, aspirations, health priorities, disparities, and existing resources. It contains two types of tools: process tools and policy tools. Process tools offer a set of health lens to build healthy and sustainable places under each task/ step of the planning process. The policy intervention tools provide sample policies to achieve healthy community outcomes in six priority areas of physical activity, healthy food, safety, and injury, placemaking, access to opportunity and natural environment. Logic models are introduced to assist planners identify the right set of tools to yield the intended physical, social, and mental health outcomes.

Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

Environmental Health in All Policies (HiAP)

Keyword Area:

Community Design, Land Use, Planning, Transportation Planning


Institutional Author:

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department





The NACCHO Toolbox is a repository of available resources to help local public health practitioners. Tools are produced by local, state, and federal agencies, as well as academic institutions and other stakeholders. The contents of this Toolbox are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily reflect any official recommendations of NACCHO. NACCHO makes no express or implied warranty with respect to the contents and disclaims liability for any damages arising from or connected to the use of the material in this Toolbox.