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Community Design/Land Use Planning

NACCHO's Community Design/ Land Use Planning program aims to strengthen the capacity of local health departments to be involved in decision-making processes and otherwise extend their role in issues related to the built environment, such as land use planning and community design, with the goal of improving community health outcomes. The program sets about achieving these aims by providing needed resources, technical assistance, and capacity building opportunities to local health departments.

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In the Spotlight
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Crook County Health Department

Crook County Health Department won the 2013 LHD of the Year Award for small local health departments for their work on a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) related to bicycle and pedestrian safety in the City of Prineville, OR. The aims of the HIA were to bring to light health considerations over lack of safe places to walk and bicycle and to influence both the planners and community members' viewpoints in the development of the new 20-year transportation plan. The need for the HIA came out of the high rate of obesity in children and adults in the county, and the identified lack of opportunities to increase physical activity safely through walking and bicycling. Other issues, such as the amount of traffic, traffic speed, and school crossing safety, were also of concern. More »

Featured Resources

Built Environment + Public Health Clearinghouse

The BEPHC serves as an online resource for training at the university and professional levels and a source for relevant news of the critical intersection of health and place. More

Resources on Transportation and Health

"The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation" reveals how transportation policies and investments impact the public's health by shaping access to different modes of transportation, physical activity levels, public safety, and exposures to environmental pollutants. More

"Getting Involved in Transportation Planning: An Overview for Public Health Advocates" provides an overview of the transportation planning process for public health practitioners to become involved in promoting healthy transportation decisions. More 

"Healthy, Equitable Transportation Policy: Recommendations and Research" illuminates opportunities and barriers transportation policy creates for building healthy communities by detailing the intersections of transportation, equity, and health. More 

"Statewide Transportation Planning for Healthy Communities" presents insights and a flexible framework for Departments of Transportation that choose to integrate public health considerations into their transportation planning and decision-making. More

Healthy Community Design Checklist Toolkit

This toolkit helps planners, public health professionals, and the general public include health in the community planning process. Developed in partnership between the American Planning Association's Planning and Community Health Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Community Design Initiative, the toolkit is composed of four elements that work together to achieve this goal. More 

15th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

On February 11-13, 2016, the 15th annual national conference will explore practical strategies for identifying and overcoming barriers to more sustainable development in the Portland region and the rest of the nation.  More »