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Understanding the Connections between Public Health and Built Environment

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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.


Making the Case

Activity Title Source Type
Physical inactivity Getting Physical: The Public Health Approach to Active Living Public Health Institute/Active Living Research Recorded webinar
Obesity Taking on the Weight of the Nation Active Living Research/Kaiser Permanente Recorded webinar
Injury It Shouldn’t Hurt: Creating Places for Injury-Free Active Living Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research brief
Pollution-mediated illnesses Justice in the Air: Tracking Toxic Pollution from America’s Industries and Companies to our States, Cities, and Neighorhoods [PDF – 4.38 MB] NACCHO Research publication
Health care costs What’s the Price of Health Care? Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Issue brief
Health care costs Health Care Costs: A Primer Kaiser Family Foundation Publication
Equity/vulnerable populations Focus on Health Care Disparities: Key Facts [PDF – 971 KB] Kaiser Family Foundation Fact sheet
Equity/vulnerable populations Policy and Environmental Change Strategies to Promote Active Living and Healthy Eating in Native American Communities Active Living Research/Assocation of American Indian Physicians Webinar
Climate change/energy insecurity Health Effects of Climate Change National Institutes of Health Fact sheet
Climate change/energy insecurity Climate Impacts on Human Health Environmental Protection Agency Website
Social determinants of health A New Way to Talk about the Social Determinants of Health Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Webinar & messaging guide

Public Health Methods to Address the Issue

Activity Title Source Type
Health and Planning Terms Public Health Terms for Planners & Planning Terms for Public Public Health Professionals [PDF – 140 KB] Fact sheet
Surveillance Surveillance in Environmental Public Health: Issues, Systems, and Sources [PDF – 1.85 MB] American Journal of Public Health Research article
Epidemiology Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice CDC Textbook/Class
Research Methods Community Based Research: Assessing Partnership Approaches to Improve Public Health Barbara Israel, et al. Research article
Evaluation Introduction to Program Evaluation for Public Health Programs: A Self-Study Guide CDC Guide
Evaluation Program Evaluation in Environmental Health Northwest Center for Public Health Practice Webinar
Evaluation Best Practices Guidelines for Evaluation [PDF – 35 KB] Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development Publication
Evaluation Criteria for use in the evaluation of health impact assessments American Journal of Public Health Research article
Policy Development Capacity Building Assistance Policy Webinar Series [PDF – 1.98 MB] American Public Health Association Webinars
Communications Public Health Communications Toolkit National Association of County & City Health Officials Powerpoint, messaging guide
Training Public Health Training Centers Network Health Resources and Services Administration Resource network

Primary Infrastructure Sectors Impacting Health

Activity Title Source Type
Transportation Complete Streets American Planning Association Podcast
Transportation Why Transit-Oriented Development and Why Now? [PDF – 1.17 MB] Center for Transit Oriented Development Webinar
Housing Healthy Housing Reference Manual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Manual
Housing Green and Healthy Housing Resource Bank [PDF – 67 KB] National Center for Healthy Housing Webinars, fact sheets, videos, case studies
Water and sanitation Prioritizing Green Infrastructure Investments American Planning Association Podcast
Water and sanitation Water Resources Management American Planning Association Policy guide
Food systems Affordable, Healthy Food = Good Public Health: Promising Practices and Systems Change Strategies to Improve Access to Healthy Food American Public Health Association Webinar
Food systems Food Systems Planning American Planning Association Podcast
Food systems Healthy, Sustainable Food System Principles [PDF – 152 KB] American Planning Association, American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association Fact sheet
Green spaces Green Places, Play Spaces, Income, and Race: How Parks and Recreation Can Support Physical Activity among Diverse and Underserved Populations Dialogue4Health, Public Health Institute Webinar

Planning Points of Influence with these Sectors

Activity Title Source Type
Visioning Using Visioning in a Comprehensive Planning Process [PDF – 99 KB] University of Wisconsin Resource guide
Policy and Process Creating Safe, Healthy and Active Living Communities [PDF – 491 KB] California Department of Health Services Resource guide
Plan-making Step By Step: Who Does What? Change Lab Solutions Conceptual framework
Implementation and Development MAPP Framework: Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships National Association of County & City Health Officials Resource toolkit

Skills for Effective Improvement

Activity Title Source Type
Coalition and consensus building Building Diverse Community Based Coalitions [PDF – 110 KB] The Praxis Project Resource guide
Community Engagement Principles of Community Engagement [PDF – 2.6 MB] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Publication
Public Involvement Community Involvement Resource Guide Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Resource guide
Health equity Monthly Disparities Roundup Kaiser Family Foundation Newsletter
Navigating conflict More than a Message: Framing Public Health Advocacy to Change Corporate Practices [PDF – 127 KB] Public Health Institute Publication
Advocacy The Webinar lays out the basics of public health advocacy American Public Health Association Webinars


Activity Title Source Type
Health Impact Assessment Learning more about Health Impact Assessments [PDF – 25 KB] Public Health Law Network Webinar
Health Impact Assessment Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments American Planning Association/National Association of County & City Health Officials Online course
Health Impact Assessment Methodologies for Realizing the Potential of Health Impact Assessment American Journal of Preventive Medicine Research article
Health Impact Assessment Health Impact Assessment: A tool to integrate health considerations into planning decisions The Health Impact Project Presentation
Health in All Policies Health in All Policies (HiAP): A Path to Promoting Environmental Public Health [PDF – 237 KB] National Association of County & City Health Officials Brief
Health districts Health Districts Congress for the New Urbanism Resource guide
Health input into planning processes Integrating Planning and Public Health American Planning Association Research report
Health input into planning processes Health Planning Tools Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Resource guide
Health input into planning processes Public Health in Land Use Planning & Community Design [PDF – 757 KB] National Association of County & City Health Officials Resource checklist
Health input into planning processes Healthy Planning [PDF – 2.5 MB] American Planning Association Research report
Documenting impact Public Health Development Checklist [PDF – 520 KB] Shasta County Public Health (CA) Resource checklist
Documenting impact A Map to Better Health [PDF – 622 KB] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention & American Public Health Association Success stories document
Safe Routes to School Connecting Safe Routes to School and Health Safe Routes to School Webinar
Safe Routes to School Active, Healthy, and Ready to Learn: Evidence for SRTS and Children’s Health Safe Routes to School Webinar
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  • Page last reviewed: March 5, 2015 (archived document)
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