Community Design/Land Use Planning
NACCHO's Community Design project enhances the capacity of local health departments (LHDs) to be involved in decision-making processes and otherwise extend their role in issues related to land use. NACCHO and the American Planning Association (APA) are working to bring LHDs into the land usage decision-making process. As part of this effort, planners and local public health officials will address interconnections through research and information sharing.
NACCHO began this effort with an assessment of the current situation to determine whether public health officials are actively engaged in land use planning decisions, what barriers prevent their involvement in the planning process, and to what degree health officials are aware of the links between land use planning and health.
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FREE CONSULTING TO HELP BUILD HEALTHY COMMUNITIES—LIMITED TIME ONLY
NACCHO is pleased to offer free, one-on-one consulting on four focus areas for building healthy communities: (1) healthy comprehensive planning, (2) health impact assessment, (3) health in all policies and (4) community/street-scale urban design. Your local health department (LHD) may qualify for free consulting time through September 2013. Preference will be provided to LHDs that have made a focus area a strategic priority and are actively working toward or initiating successful implementation this year.
NACCHO HIA Mentorship Project
NACCHO completed year one of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Mentorship project that matched four LHDs with a local health official to share their experience in completing an HIA. Knox County (TN), Madison County (NY), Cincinnati (OH), and San Antonio (TX) were provided with technical assistance from their mentors throughout the process of developing and presenting a HIA to address a proposed policy change in their jurisdiction. For more information on HIAs, please see the featured resources on this page.
Environmental Public Health Tracking and Health Impact Assessments Webinar