Online Program

Web-based tool to assist local jurisdictions to integrate health into community planning

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:30 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.

Amy Pow, MA, MCIP, Environmental Health Division, Tacoma Pierce-County Health Department, Tacoma, WA
Julia Walton, MArch, Urban Design, inova planning communications design llc, Seattle, WA
This session will introduce and demonstrate the use of an innovative web-based toolbox (using best practices and research-based evidence) to enable local planning and health agencies to integrate health policies and interventions into the planning process, enable built environment outcomes and build healthy communities. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department is proactively assisting the 24 local jurisdictions incorporate health into community plans via its web-based toolkit, from early visioning through plan development, adoption and implementation and ongoing monitoring. Using the local communities' definition of healthy communities (healthy and sustainable places built on a balanced foundation of people-prosperity-planet), the toolbox enables each jurisdiction to select tools to address their local health needs which were identified in their community assessments. Using logic models for six health interventions (physical activity, healthy foods, safety and injury, placemaking, access to opportunity and natural environment), evidence-based intervention tools were identified which produce outcomes leading to healthy communities. New skills and methods for planners and health officials include: • Increased awareness of health disparities and equity issues • A balanced “people-prosperity-planet” framework • Smart growth best practices and tools for each phase of the planning process • Inclusion of “vulnerable” populations throughout the planning process to address disparities • Introduction of evidence-based methods and research-based justifications for actions.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate use of easily replicable web-based tools and best practices to enable health practitioners to collaborate with planning professionals to promote public and environment health in local community planning.

Keyword(s): Sustainability, Vulnerable Populations

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: …of my extensive professional planning background. Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department retained me to help local planners integrate health into community planning. My career covers various planning expertise—public and community health, public participation, social planning, land use and housing, economic development, parks and recreation. Being a strong advocate for human-scale smart growth, holistic approach to sustainability, and participatory decision-making, I had developed many “sustainable development" strategies for major cities in Canada, VA and WA.
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.