Community Design/Land Use Planning
NACCHO's Community Design/ Land Use Planning program aims to strengthen the capacity of local health departments to be involved in decision-making processes and otherwise extend their role in issues related to the built environment, such as land use planning and community design, with the goal of improving community health outcomes. The program sets about achieving these aims by providing needed resources, technical assistance, and capacity building opportunities to local health departments.
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In the Spotlight
Crook County Health Department
Crook County Health Department won the 2013 LHD of the Year Award for small local health departments for their work on a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) related to bicycle and pedestrian safety in the City of Prineville, OR. The aims of the HIA were to bring to light health considerations over lack of safe places to walk and bicycle and to influence both the planners and community members' viewpoints in the development of the new 20-year transportation plan. The need for the HIA came out of the high rate of obesity in children and adults in the county, and the identified lack of opportunities to increase physical activity safely through walking and bicycling. Other issues, such as the amount of traffic, traffic speed, and school crossing safety, were also of concern. More »
Healthy Community Planning Toolbox
The toolbox was developed by the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and is designed to help planners integrate health in planning documents with the intent that each community can "right-size" or customize the tools to fit their community context - needs, aspirations, health priorities, disparities, and existing resources. More »
Resources on Transportation and Health