Spotlight on Riverside County Department of Public Health
Riverside County Department of Public Health (RCDPH) addresses the connection between community design and public health, particularly as it relates to physical activity, nutrition, and injury prevention. This work began when RCDPH incorporated the goal of creating more livable communities into its strategic plan.
This goal includes the following approaches:
The staff involved with the RCDPH strategic planning process included the health officer, assistant health officer, director, and four deputy directors. The strategic plan included five major goals with a champion responsible for the goals' implementation. The program created one full-time staff position and generated interest among elected officials, the planning department, and other health agencies in the region.
RCDPH experienced success in many ways that relate to development. For example, an area developer solicited input from the agency on creating design elements to encourage health, physical activity, and a sense of community for a new development that will house 50,000 residents.
RCDPH livable community staff have been presenting at several statewide conferences and workshops on the promotion of livable communities. For more information, visit the RCDPH Web site at http://www.rivco-buildhealth.org.
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