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Understanding the Connections between Public Health and Built Environment

Making the Case

Physical inactivityGetting Physical: The Public Health Approach to Active LivingPublic Health Institute/Active Living ResearchRecorded webinar
ObesityTaking on the Weight of the NationActive Living Research/Kaiser PermanenteRecorded webinar
InjuryIt Shouldn't Hurt: Creating Places for Injury-Free Active LivingRobert Wood Johnson FoundationResearch brief
Pollution-mediated illnessesJustice in the Air: Tracking Toxic Pollution from America's Industries and Companies to our States, Cities, and Neighorhoods [PDF - 4.38 MB]NACCHOResearch publication
Health care costsWhat's the Price of Health Care?Robert Wood Johnson FoundationIssue brief
Health care costsHealth Care Costs: A PrimerKaiser Family FoundationPublication
Equity/vulnerable populationsFocus on Health Care Disparities: Key Facts [PDF - 971 KB]Kaiser Family FoundationFact sheet
Equity/vulnerable populationsPolicy and Environmental Change Strategies to Promote Active Living and Healthy Eating in Native American CommunitiesActive Living Research/Assocation of American Indian PhysiciansWebinar
Climate change/energy insecurityHealth Effects of Climate ChangeNational Institutes of HealthFact sheet
Climate change/energy insecurityClimate Impacts on Human HealthEnvironmental Protection AgencyWebsite
Social determinants of healthA New Way to Talk about the Social Determinants of HealthRobert Wood Johnson FoundationWebinar & messaging guide

Public Health Methods to Address the Issue

Health and Planning TermsPublic Health Terms for Planners & Planning Terms for Public Public Health Professionals [PDF - 140 KB] Fact sheet
SurveillanceSurveillance in Environmental Public Health: Issues, Systems, and Sources [PDF - 1.85 MB]American Journal of Public HealthResearch article
EpidemiologyPrinciples of Epidemiology in Public Health PracticeCDCTextbook/Class
Research MethodsCommunity Based Research: Assessing Partnership Approaches to Improve Public HealthBarbara Israel, et al.Research article
EvaluationIntroduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study GuideCDCGuide
EvaluationProgram Evaluation in Environmental HealthNorthwest Center for Public Health PracticeWebinar
EvaluationBest Practices Guidelines for Evaluation [PDF - 35 KB]Organization for Economic Cooperation & DevelopmentPublication
EvaluationCriteria for use in the evaluation of health impact assessmentsAmerican Journal of Public HealthResearch article
Policy DevelopmentCapacity Building Assistance Policy Webinar Series [PDF - 1.98 MB]American Public Health AssociationWebinars
CommunicationsPublic Health Communications ToolkitNational Association of County & City Health OfficialsPowerpoint, messaging guide
TrainingPublic Health Training Centers NetworkHealth Resources and Services AdministrationResource network

Primary Infrastructure Sectors Impacting Health

TransportationComplete StreetsAmerican Planning AssociationPodcast
TransportationWhy Transit-Oriented Development and Why Now? [PDF - 1.17 MB]Center for Transit Oriented DevelopmentWebinar
HousingHealthy Housing Reference ManualCenters for Disease Control and PreventionManual
HousingGreen and Healthy Housing Resource Bank [PDF - 67 KB]National Center for Healthy HousingWebinars, fact sheets, videos, case studies
Water and sanitationPrioritizing Green Infrastructure InvestmentsAmerican Planning AssociationPodcast
Water and sanitationWater Resources ManagementAmerican Planning AssociationPolicy guide
Food systemsAffordable, Healthy Food = Good Public Health: Promising Practices and Systems Change Strategies to Improve Access to Healthy FoodAmerican Public Health AssociationWebinar
Food systemsFood Systems PlanningAmerican Planning AssociationPodcast
Food systemsHealthy, Sustainable Food System Principles [PDF - 152 KB]American Planning Association, American Public Health Association, American Nurses AssociationFact sheet
Green spacesGreen Places, Play Spaces, Income, and Race: How Parks and Recreation Can Support Physical Activity among Diverse and Underserved PopulationsDialogue4Health, Public Health InstituteWebinar

Planning Points of Influence with these Sectors

VisioningUsing Visioning in a Comprehensive Planning Process [PDF - 99 KB]University of WisconsinResource guide
Policy and ProcessCreating Safe, Healthy and Active Living Communities [PDF - 491 KB]California Department of Health ServicesResource guide
Plan-makingStep By Step: Who Does What?Change Lab SolutionsConceptual framework
Implementation and DevelopmentMAPP Framework: Mobilizing for Action through Planning and PartnershipsNational Association of County & City Health OfficialsResource toolkit

Skills for Effective Improvement

Coalition and consensus buildingBuilding Diverse Community Based Coalitions [PDF - 110 KB]The Praxis ProjectResource guide
Community EngagementPrinciples of Community Engagement [PDF - 2.6 MB]Centers for Disease Control and PreventionPublication
Public InvolvementCommunity Involvement Resource GuideRobert Wood Johnson FoundationResource guide
Health equityMonthly Disparities RoundupKaiser Family FoundationNewsletter
Navigating conflictMore than a Message: Framing Public Health Advocacy to Change Corporate Practices [PDF - 127 KB]Public Health InstitutePublication
AdvocacyThe Webinar lays out the basics of public health advocacyAmerican Public Health AssociationWebinars


Health Impact AssessmentLearning more about Health Impact Assessments [PDF - 25 KB]Public Health Law NetworkWebinar
Health Impact AssessmentPlanning for Healthy Places with Health Impact AssessmentsAmerican Planning Association/National Association of County & City Health OfficialsOnline course
Health Impact AssessmentMethodologies for Realizing the Potential of Health Impact AssessmentAmerican Journal of Preventive MedicineResearch article
Health Impact AssessmentHealth Impact Assessment: A tool to integrate health considerations into planning decisionsThe Health Impact ProjectPresentation
Health in All PoliciesHealth in All Policies (HiAP): A Path to Promoting Environmental Public Health [PDF - 237 KB]National Association of County & City Health OfficialsBrief
Health districtsHealth DistrictsCongress for the New UrbanismResource guide
Health input into planning processesIntegrating Planning and Public HealthAmerican Planning AssociationResearch report
Health input into planning processesHealth Planning ToolsCenters for Disease Control and PreventionResource guide
Health input into planning processesPublic Health in Land Use Planning & Community Design [PDF - 757 KB]National Association of County & City Health OfficialsResource checklist
Health input into planning processesHealthy Planning [PDF - 2.5 MB]American Planning AssociationResearch report
Documenting impactPublic Health Development Checklist [PDF - 520 KB]Shasta County Public Health (CA)Resource checklist
Documenting impactA Map to Better Health [PDF - 622 KB]Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & American Public Health AssociationSuccess stories document
Safe Routes to SchoolConnecting Safe Routes to School and HealthSafe Routes to SchoolWebinar
Safe Routes to SchoolActive, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Evidence for SRTS and Children's HealthSafe Routes to SchoolWebinar