ChangeLab Solutions' Healthy Planning program is pioneering a new approach to public health advocacy.
Historically, there has been little interaction between public health officials (especially those dedicated to chronic disease prevention) and city and regional planning officials. We are working to change that.
Building basic knowledge and skills on land use among public health advocates, we work to engage advocates in the land-use and economic development decision-making process throughout the United States. Our hands-on training and consultation, coupled with entry-level training materials, walk users through the planning process and teach them—in very practical and real-politic ways—to engage in the process. We also organize and facilitate roundtable discussions with local health officers and local planning directors.