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Planning for Healthy, Equitable Communities

How can public health practitioners partner with planners?

Healthy Neighborhoods

Planning decisions underlie many elements of the built environment in our communities. From decisions on housing, parks, and schools to options for transportation and food access, choices made by urban and regional planners can have a profound impact on the health of communities.

ChangeLab Solutions created these 3 infographics for public health practitioners who wish to partner with urban and regional planners as well as learn more about how planning affects health and equity.

  • Planning for Healthy, Equitable Communities details planning practices and policies that harm health and describes ways to remedy past harms through equity-forward planning.
  • Elements of a Healthy, Equitable Community demonstrates how the elements of a community — such as affordable housing, parks, quality schools, a thriving economy, environmental quality, access to healthy food, and connected transportation systems — provide cumulative health and equity benefits.
  • 6 Ways to Partner outlines best practices and effective strategies for public health practitioners and planners to work together.
Elements of a Healthy Equitable Community
6 Ways to Partner





These infographics were produced in collaboration with the California Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project, with support from The California Endowment.