Breaking new ground: Supporting the inclusion of health and equity into regional planning processes
In the last several years a handful of health advocates and practitioners have been working with their Metropolitan Planning Organizations (the regional planning entities) to infuse health into regional planning processes with the recognition that where you live has enormous implications for individual and community health. These multi-field partnerships are at various levels of development but have all experienced aspects of success and many lessons learned. It's important for health practitioners to work at this scale in order to ensure healthy, communities of opportunities.
This presentation will describe the connections between health, health equity and regional planning, as well as identify specific federal programs and local opportunities that support the inclusion of health and equity at the regional level. This presentation will lay the foundation for, and facilitate, a panel including three regional examples from across the nation where health practitioners have successfully incorporated health into regional planning processes.
Learning Areas:Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Describe the importance of engaging in regional planning processes to support health outcomes. Describe the connections between regional planning, health and health equity. Identify a minimum of two opportunities to maximize health outcomes in regional planning.
Keyword(s): Health, Planning