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Comprehensive Planning for Healthy Communities

This course covers the process of incorporating public health goals into a General Plan or Comprehensive Plan for a region, county, city, town, or neighborhood.

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Course Info

  • Duration 8 video lessons (78 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2016
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Browse Course Chapters

  • 1. Introduction (2 mins)
  • 2. Overview of Health and Planning (11 mins)
  • 3. Health in Comprehensive Plans (8 mins)
  • 4. Creating and Leveraging Partnerships and Engaging the Community (16 mins)
  • 5. Community Health Assessments (11 mins)
  • 6. Policy Content, Part 1 (10 mins)
  • 7. Policy Content, Part 2 (12 mins)
  • 8. Implementation and Evaluation (3 mins)

Course Description

While states and counties hold the "official" responsibility of improving public health in the United States government system, many aspects of our environment that can improve or harm community health are decided at the local city or town level, and outside of the public health department. General Plans or Comprehensive Plans offer  a great opportunity to improve the health conditions of a community in a systematic way. This class will cover the process of incorporating public health goals into a General Plan or Comprehensive Plan for a region, county, city, town, or neighborhood. Participants will learn about initiating the planning process, creating and leveraging partnerships, managing public engagement and community assessment, and drafting policy content. Additionally, we will share examples of communities that have created "healthy community" chapters of their long range plans as well as projects that incorporated health throughout the planning document. Throughout the course, we will share real world examples the successes and challenges experienced by jurisdictions already on this path. 

Learn these skills

  • Civic Engagement
  • Land Use
  • Plan Making
  • Public Health
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Design

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1.25 AICP CM credit. 

CNU-A

This course is approved for 1.25 CNU-A credit.

SACPLAN CPD

This course is approved for 1.5 SACPLAN CPD point. 

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Matt Raimi

Matt Raimi

Matt Raimi is the president and founder of Raimi + Associates, a Berkeley-based planning, design and public health consulting firm.

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