251543 Institutionalizing health into planning tools: Comprehensive plans and zoning codes

Monday, October 31, 2011: 2:50 PM

Matthew Raimi, AICP, LEED-AP, MRP , Public Health Planning, Raimi + Associates, Berkeley, CA
With our recently expanded understanding of how the built environment and neighborhood characteristics impact our most challenging health issues of the time (chronic diseases, childhood obesity, racial/ethnic health disparities, etc.) city planners, public health professionals, academics, and community based organizations have been refining tools and processes to improve the conditions to support healthier behaviors and environments. Because population-wide individual behavior change is nearly impossible, integrating public health goals into municipal policy, operations, and decision making can create broader and more sustainable public health improvements. This presentation will share case studies of actual cities in California that are institutionalizing health into their land use and transportation policies by integrating health concerns and solutions into their comprehensive plans and zoning codes. This presentation will explain why comprehensive plans and zoning codes can have huge positive or negative impacts on population health. Next, we will walk participants through these model healthy planning processes while highlighting ways that the public health community was able to successfully collaborate with city policy makers to address social and environmental health determinants and disparities. Finally, we will share what we learned from these experiences including how these city planning and public health collaborative relationships can be improved in the future.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Environmental health sciences
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1) Identify how public health professionals can collaborate with city planners to incorporate public health objectives into city and county comprehensive plans and zoning codes.

Keywords: Policy/Policy Development, Community Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have completed a number of general plan health elements and was the principal in charge for all of the projects I will be sharing in my presentation.
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.