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Issue Brief: Incorporating Healthy Community Strategies into the Planning Process

Date Published: February 2013



This Issue Brief connects the concepts of healthy communities and community planning.  The design of our neighborhoods determines how we get from place to place, where we get our food, where we play, where we seek medical help and how we interact with others. Our access to these opportunities in turns affects our physical and mental health, and evidence is mounting that the built environment has a significant effect on many of our nation’s most severe public health challenges. As a result, the people responsible for planning our communities have found a new ally with public health professionals, and collaborations are forming around the country to integrate health considerations into planning decisions and processes.

Keywords: implementation; factsheet; food access; health; health impact assessment; implementation; parks; public health; equity

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  • Reconnecting America
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