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Episode 4: Built Environment

Building healthy, equitable communities through comprehensive long-range planning

Healthy Neighborhoods

What place-based strategies connect to the broader determinants of health? How can communities use long-range plans to drive health equity?

Episode 4 explores the interconnected elements of healthy places. You can read our blog post about generations of laws and policies that are behind today's place-based health disparities, watch a webinar about building health and equity into long-range plans, or listen to a panel of experts delve into innovative ways that they are promoting health equity through place-based planning and investment.

Blog post

Where you live plays a significant role in how healthy you are. But when it comes to promoting health, not all neighborhoods are created equal. Many of the differences between neighborhoods exist because of decades’ worth of interrelated policies that have cumulatively influenced where investment and opportunity are concentrated and who has access to them. ChangeLab Solutions’ senior planner Erik Calloway and policy analyst Chassidy Hanley outline 8 policies underlying today’s place-based health disparities, as well as resources that can help heal these harms.

Read our blog post: 8 Policies That Have Contributed to Place-Based Health Disparities Across Generations


How can we use place-based strategies to address health equity? In this webinar, we explored how long-range planning can shape places and health. Specifically, we discussed how place-based strategies are central to health equity, a framework categorizing the elements of healthy places, and how to organize long-range plans using health equity concepts.

This webinar features Moses Gates of the Regional Plan Association, who discusses how equity was integrated into the design and implementation of the Fourth Regional Plan, a roadmap to achieving greater equity, shared prosperity, better health, and sustainability throughout the New York metropolitan region.

Watch our webinar or download the slides: Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Through Comprehensive Long-Range Planning

Expert Panel

We convened a virtual panel of innovators in place-based planning and investment to engage one another in conversation and answer questions from participants. The panelists brought a diverse range of expertise and discussed projects that are addressing health inequities in their communities. You’ll hear insights from

  • Erik Calloway (moderator), senior planner at ChangeLab Solutions
  • Andrea Nelson, senior community development specialist at the San Francisco Planning Department
  • Kate Kingery, deputy director of community transformation at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
  • Stephanie Garcia-Vause, assistant city manager for the City of Henderson, NV

Listen to our interactive expert panel: Continued Conversation About the Built Environment

Episode 4 is only part of the conversation. To learn more about other elements of a healthy, equitable community, check out the rest of the episodes in the Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Series.