245800 Opportunities at the intersection of planning, education, and public health: An interdisciplinary agenda for research and action

Monday, October 31, 2011: 5:30 PM

Joseph Schuchter, MCP, MPH , School of Public Health, UC Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
Alison Cohen , School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
The decisions of city and regional planning agencies and school districts have relevant and related public health impacts. The planning and education sectors are critical for promoting healthy communities, minds and bodies. However, these connections are often neither acknowledged nor acted on by all stakeholders. Although scholars to date have separately linked planning and health, education and health, and planning and education, there is little work at the intersection of all three. We review and synthesize theoretical and empirical literature to demonstrate the complex linkages between local planning, education policy, and public health outcomes. We then propose a conceptual framework for these linkages, with mechanisms operating at the individual and community level. Theoretical frameworks utilized include communicative and collaborative planning, healthy urban planning and governance, social capital, and positive youth development. Empirical research includes, for example, literature on walkable schools, which offer opportunities for a convergence of decision-making and outcomes in all three sectors. We then propose areas for future research and action. We offer recommendations on how to apply our framework to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration for more sustainable shared solutions. We also suggest how this scientific evidence base can be merged with social activism for effective policy advocacy and program planning.

Learning Areas:
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Participants will recognize the linkages between community planning, education, and public health Participants will be able to describe how interventions and policies in education and healthy urban governance may improve public health outcomes Participants will be able to formulate ideas about innovative areas of interdisciplinary research and practice

Keywords: Education, Community Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have conducted in-depth research on this particular topic. I also have degrees in both planning and public health and am pursuing this topic further in my doctoral work
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.