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Healthy Community Design Checklist Toolkit

This website is archived for historical purposes and is no longer being maintained or updated.

The Healthy Community Design Initiative, also known as the Built Environment and Health Initiative, is no longer a funded program and the information on this website is not being reviewed and updated on a regular basis.



This toolkit can help planners, public health professionals, and the general public include health in the community planning process. Developed in partnership between the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Research Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Community Design Initiative, the toolkit is composed of four elements that work together to achieve this goal:

Healthy Community Design Checklist [PDF – 352 KB]

The Healthy Community Design Checklist is a handout for residents to use during public meetings or other gatherings where decisions are being made about land use. The checklist is a quick way to educate residents about healthy community design and to help them consider health during land use discussions. The checklist covers the following topics: Active Living, Food Choices, Transportation Choices, Public Safety, Social Cohesion, Social Equity, and Environmental Health.
Español (Spanish) [PDF – 559 KB]

Healthy Community Design PowerPoint Presentation [PPT – 8.5 MB]

The PowerPoint Presentation supports the checklist by explaining to residents how community design can affect health and how to use the checklist during land use discussions. For best results, give the presentation to introduce the checklist. The presentation is customizable and is most effective when it includes health data on the residents’ community. Sources of Health Data, below, allows you to customize the presentation.

Creating a Health Profile of Your Neighborhood [PDF – 163 KB]

Creating a Health Profile of Your Neighborhood helps you find health data on your community and develop a health “snapshot” of your community. The data, useful for educating and promoting awareness of the health issues that most affect your community, can also help identify the most urgent health issues.

Planning for Health Resources Guide [PDF – 509 KB]

The Planning for Health Resources Guide gives resources for each of the above mentioned topics covered in the Healthy Community Design Checklist.

Please share and download these resources to help integrate health into your planning process, whether you are a planner, public health professional or community resident. We appreciate any feedback you may have about your experience applying the tools. Send your comments to Charles Green at
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  • Page last reviewed: August 13, 2013 (archived document)
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