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NACCHO & APA Land Use Planning Fact Sheets


NACCHO and the American Planning Association have compiled a factsheet which highlights a list of terms common to local planners that local public health practitioners are unfamiliar with, and vice versa. This "Jargon Fact Sheet" can make communication between health officials and planners easier and allow them to "speak the same language."

Further, the "Working with Elected Officials to Promote Healthy Land Use Planning and Community Design Fact Sheet" will help health and planning agencies to broaden their partnerships to include other city and county officials who can work to progress the plan to create healthier communities.

Local health officials working on Health in All Policies (HiAP) will also find these tools useful when communicating with local planners and elected officials about the impact of their policies on health.

Primary Toolkit:

Healthy Community Design Toolkit

Secondary Toolkits:

Environmental Health in All Policies (HiAP)

Keyword Area:

Chronic Disease, Community Design, Environmental Health, Health Impact Assessment (HIA), Health Promotion and Health Education, Obesity, Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Hlth (PACE-EH), Strategic Planning


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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.