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Healthy Community Planning Toolbox

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A toolbox for jurisdictions of all sizes and forms.

Places and communities

Healthy communities are places where equal opportunities exist for everyone to enjoy a livable environment (planet), a vibrant economy (prosperity) and a fair society (people).

Our cities and towns range from large and medium-sized to small and rural. The built form of these communities varies. A downtown is the core of some communities. Others may sprawl along highways or corridors. Some have public transit, others do not. Larger communities—like Tacoma—have multiple mixed-use areas identified for future growth.

The health lens

Integrate health considerations in the planning and decision-making process.
  • Expand meaningful public outreach and form advisory committees to include underserved populations. Consider using the planning process tools.

  • Introduce policies that can affect changes to health outcomes. Consider using the policy intervention tools.

The planning toolbox

This toolbox helps planners incorporate health into comprehensive plans required or encouraged under various policy directives. Each community can customize tools to fit their unique needs, aspirations, health priorities, disparities and existing resources.


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