245029 Planning for Healthy, Sustainable Food Systems

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 5:10 PM

Kimberley Hodgson, MURP, MS, AICP, RD , Planning & Community Health Research Center, American Planning Association, Washington, DC
Like air, water, and shelter, food is essential for life and plays a central role in our health, economy, and culture. Healthy, sustainable communities require healthy, sustainable food systems. Planners play an important role in developing healthy, sustainable local and regional food systems to support and enhance overall public, social, ecological, and economic health of communities. As more and more planners engage in food systems planning at the local, regional and state levels, coordination and collaboration with other professionals, particularly public health and nutrition, will be essential. The recent ADA, ANA, APA, APHA Principles of a Healthy Sustainable Food System provide a foundation for this collaborative work. This presentation will provide an overview of the important role planners play in conducting community food assessments; preparing a variety of plans assessing and addressing challenges related to food production, distribution, access, and disposal; engaging community residents in meaningful public processes; and developing local and regional policies—standards, incentives, and regulations—that can support development and preservation of healthy and sustainable food systems' infrastructure (such as rural and urban farms, community gardens, processing facilities, grocery stores, farmers markets, and restaurants). Her presentation will be based on several, recent APA policy and research projects that illustrate how many planning, public health, and nutrition professionals are actively collaborating to create healthier, more sustainable food systems: Urban Agriculture: Growing Healthy, Sustainable Places (a new APA report); and Planning for Food Access (a RWJF Healthy Eating Research funded study).

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Explain the role of planners in supporting a healthy food system 2. Identify specific areas of potential collaboration between public health and planning 3. List examples of planning projects around food systems that support healthy communities

Keywords: Food and Nutrition, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I manage the American Planning Association's Planning and Community Health Research Center where I engage in education, outreach, policy and research activities related to food systems planning, public health planning, etc.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.