Online Program

Infusing health into regional planning

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Ngozi T. Oleru, PhD, Environmental Public Health Division, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Seattle, WA

Julie West, Public Health – Seattle& King County, Seattle, WA
Land Use and transportation planning practitioners are charged with responsibilities for public involvement, for addressing community impacts of their projects and policies, and creating healthy and sustainable communities. Thus, many of the same goals for local public health departments and finding ways to collaborate are valuable to the community. This presentation will discuss how Public Health – Seattle & King County Department has worked to ensure that health is being incorporated into local and regional transportation and land use planning through the building of partnerships. The presentation will explain the progression of work from collaboration with the local Board of Health to develop healthy planning guidelines, providing assistance to cities as the update comprehensive plans, and participation in committees and projects of the regional metropolitan planning organization (Puget Sound Regional Council). This work at the regional level has in itself progressed in level of partnership and work over time and has resulted in concrete changes in regional planning directions and outcomes. The discussion will tease out the success and challenges of the work and program effectiveness with respect to integrating public health, community engagement and equity into community-based planning processes.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List they types of local and regional land use and transportation partners that local health jurisdictions can partner with to integrate health into planning. Describe tools and resources that are available to local health jurisdictions to use when working with land use and planning partners.

Keyword(s): Environmental Justice, Community Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the program manager for the Department’s Healthy Community Planning Program that regularly works with our local and regional planners to integrate health and equity and policy and project development.
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.