Healthy toronto by design: The role of public health in shaping a healthy city
Approach: TPH has taken an integrative approach based on a Healthy Toronto By Design framework that involves collaborative work with diverse municipal departments, community and academic partners. The strategies used to embed a health lens in city planning and policy development include: leveraging the power of partnerships to address the complexity of health issues; building the evidence base on built environment and its impact on health; integrating civic engagement into public policy development process; and participating in policy development across governments and beyond the public health sector.
Results: TPH has developed a number of policy directions and tools, including improving active transportation infrastructure and creating guidelines for an Active City; making Toronto a more Walkable City; creating healthier apartment tower neighbourhoods through removal of zoning barriers; advocating for increased access to affordable housing; integrating health and equity considerations in Toronto's Official Plan for land development, using mapping tools to identify low income areas with food deserts, park-deficient neighbourhoods, and elevated risk from heat-related climate change impacts; and developing a built environment decision-making support tool.
Learning Areas:Administration, management, leadership
Advocacy for health and health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Environmental health sciences
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy
Describe a range of strategies for collaboration in building healthy urban communities. List specific policies and tools that link the built environment with health in the City of Toronto. Discuss the impacts a municipal public health unit can have on the development and implementation of healthy public policy .
Keyword(s): Urban Health, Policy/Policy Development
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Ronald Macfarlane has worked on improving the quality of Toronto's environment through advancing policy and research on air quality issues, toxic substances reduction, and creation of a healthier built environment. He has been instrumental in "Healthy Toronto by Design" a call to strengthen the Healthy Cities approach. His current work includes a review of principles to guide urban planning and design so that Toronto can become an "active city" for all.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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