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.
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 »
HIA Mentorship Project
Congratulations to the 2013 - 2014 HIA Mentorship Awardees
NACCHO’s Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Mentorship Project is part of an ongoing effort to increase the use of HIA among local health departments. Through support from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, four local health departments were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to receive peer-to-peer assistance, intensive technical support, and training, thereby, advancing the practice of HIA among local health department-based practitioners while increasing the number of HIAs completed in the United States. Mentee local health departments will conduct their first ever comprehensive HIAs during a twelve-month project period, between September 2013 and August 2014. For more information, please go here.
Environmental Public Health Tracking and Health Impact Assessments Webinar