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Presentations, Resolutions and Policy Guides

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Resources to achieve health where you live, learn, work or play.

Learn more about planning for a healthy community. Below are links to presentations, policies and more that give a glimpse of our work in action.


Healthy Community Planning: Applying Health-in-All-Policies to Neighborhood Planning—2017 APA National Conference, May 9, 2017.

Healthy People, Healthy Places—Jointly presented by the four county public health agencies at PSRC Peer Networking Session, April 20, 2017.

From Data to Planning Action: Building Healthy Communities—American Planning Association of Washington and Oregon Chapters with Rad Cunningham, State Department of Health and Jason Sullivan, City of Bonney Lake, Oct. 27, 2016.

Building Healthy Communities Beyond Simply Planning for Physical Activity and Healthy Foods—Planning Association of Washington Conference with Jason Sullivan, City of Bonney Lake and Katie Baker, City of Puyallup, April 21, 2016.

Applying Health-in-All-Policies to Healthy Community Planning—Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health, Dec. 2, 2015.

Planning and Building Healthy Communities—Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health, Sept. 17, 2014.

Infusing Health into Planning Decisions and Policies—2014 APA National Conference, April 27, 2014.

Smart Growth and Healthy Community Design: Best Practices and Tools—2013 APHA Annual Meeting, Nov. 5, 2013.

Board of Health resolutions

No. 2016-4495—Recommends decision-makers at all levels of local and state government consider health in all policies, including potential impacts on specific communities burdened by health inequities—Adopted, Oct. 5, 2016.

No. 2016-4482, 2016-4483 and 2016-4484—Recommends the use of health impact assessments in conjunction with the review of proposed actions under the State Environmental Policy Act—Adopted April 6, 2016.

No. 2014-4416: A Resolution Declaring Neighborhoods as Determinants of Health—Adopted Oct. 1, 2014.

Policy guides and papers

Healthy Communities Policy Guide—A national policy guide from the American Planning Association that helps planners infuse health into planning practice, Oct. 2017.

Health Impact Assessment Fact Sheet.

Applying Health-in-All-Policies in Comprehensive Plans to Address Root Causes of Health—A paper demonstrating how local jurisdictions in Pierce County incorporate health in all planning elements of comprehensive plans, Sept. 2016.

Washington APA Policy on Healthy Community Planning—A draft policy connecting health and planning, May 2015.

Washington APA Resource Guide for Healthy Community Planning—A resource guide to help planners wear a health lens, May 2015.

Built Environment and Health—Fact sheet, March 2014.

Density and Health—A research study showing the relationship between density and health, March 2013.

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