This course provides an overview of the healthy community movement and the relationship between health and planning. The course starts with a snapshot of the health epidemic occurring in the United States and the need to address health outcomes during planning processes. Also included is a history of health in planning and an overview of the known relationships between health outcomes and the built environment. The course concludes with a "how-to" guide of the various tools that address health in the planning process, including comprehensive plans, zoning, design guidelines, health data, mapping, and health impact assessments. Participants will gain a broad understanding health and planning and how to apply the tools to work in their community.
The introduction provides an overview of the course content and its desired outcomes, including the flow of chapters and background on the healthy communities movement.
Health Issues in the United States
This chapter provides an overview of the growing health crisis in the United States, including information on obesity, physical activity rates, diabetes, respiratory health, nutrition, and life expectancy.
You've probably heard about "health," and you've probably heard about "equity." "Health equity" brings those two concepts together, meaning that all people should have an opportunity to be healthy, just as all people should be able to pursue employment, apply for housing, or receive an education in a fair and non-discriminatory way.
A History of Health and Planning
This chapter provides an overview of the history of health and planning, including the roots of planning in public health, health and planning regulations from the 1920s, planning trends from the 1940s through the 1990s, the public health profession moving away from environmental health to disease, and the re-emergence of healthy communities.
Supporting Health in the Built and Social Environment, Part 1
This chapter provides a summary of the factors of the built and social environments that impact the health outcomes of individuals.
Supporting Health in the Built and Social Environment, Part 2
This chapter continues discussing the characteristics of a healthy community.
Planning Tools for Creating Healthy Communities, Part 1
This chapter gives an overview of the various tools and strategies that can be used by communities to improve health and wellness.
Planning Tools for Creating Healthy Communities, Part 2
This chapter provides an overview of more tools and strategies that communities can use to improve health and wellness.