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Plan and Build a Healthy Community

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

Learn more about planning for a healthy community. Below are links to helpful websites.

American Planning Association (APA): Planning and Community Health Center—Leads the first nationwide program linking public health and planning practice.

American Planning Association (APA): Growing Smart—The Next Generation of Model Planning, U.S. Zoning Legislation. Practical tools to help combat urban sprawl, protect farmland, promote affordable housing, and encourage redevelopment.

American Public Health Association (APHA): Healthy Community Design—APHA pledges support to the Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities by challenging our members to work together with built environment professionals to plan, build and support healthy communities.

Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP): Healthy Communities—Planning addresses the use of land, resources, facilities and services in ways that secure the physical, economic and social efficiency, health and well-being of urban and rural communities in Canada.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Designing and Building Healthy Places—Provides information and resources related to healthy community design.

Change Lab Solutions: Healthy Planning—A new approach to public health advocacy that fosters collaboration between public health officials and local planning officials. Our resources and training help communities reduce health disparities and create more livable communities.

Design for Health—A collaborative project that serves to bridge the gap between the emerging research base on community design and healthy living and the everyday realities of local government planning.

Human Impact Partners: HIA and Sustainable Communities Strategies—Transforming the policies and places people need to live healthy lives.

International City/County Management Association (ICMA): Smart Growth Network—Illustrates how communities can turn their visions, values, and aspirations into reality, using smart growth techniques to improve the quality of development.

Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington (MRSC)—A nonprofit organization that helps local governments across Washington State better serve their citizens by providing legal and policy guidance on any topic.

Policy Link-Equitable Development Toolkit—Tools to reverse patterns of segregation and disinvestment, prevent displacement, and promote equitable revitalization.

Prevention Institute—Determined to achieve equity, health, and safety for all, to improve community environments equitably, and to serve as a focal point for primary prevention practice.

Public Health Institute: Healthy Communities—When it comes to health, where you live matters: Neighborhoods can create opportunities for — or barriers to — health.

Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC)—The region comes together at PSRC to make decisions about transportation, growth management and economic development.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: County Health Rankings—The annual rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play.

Smart Growth America: Healthy Communities and People—We work with everyone involved in the process of urban planning and development to think strategically about building better towns and cities.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities—Provides grants to improve regional and local planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions and increase the capacity to improve land use and zoning to support market investments that support sustainable communities.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Office of Sustainable Communities/Smart Growth—Strategies that help communities grow in ways that expand economic opportunity while protecting human health and the environment.

University of Washington Urban Forestry/Urban Greening Research: Good Cities: Good Health—Nature in cities and towns includes parks, gardens, trees, small landscapes, and natural areas – all providing many benefits. Scientific evidence of human health and well-being benefits provided by urban forestry and urban greening.

Victoria Transport Policy Institute—An independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative and practical solutions to transportation problems.

WA State Department of Commerce Growth Management Services—Assist and guide local governments, state agencies, and others to manage growth and development, consistent with the Growth Management Act (GMA).

WA State Department of Transportation (WADOT): Community Design and Development—Working across the state to create more livable communities through Practical Solutions and raising awareness about the important links between community transportation, land use, revitalization and sustainability.

World Health Organization (WHO) Health Impact Assessment—A means of assessing the health impacts of policies, plans and projects in diverse economic sectors using quantitative, qualitative and participatory techniques.

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