Community design directly effects human health. Development patterns, zoning, and land use impact walkability and transportation options, access to services, the availability of healthy foods, and vulnerability to hazards. Planners can help create places that offer choices for everyone to be healthy and safe. Source: APA Website
Health Impact Assessment's Role in Planning, including its Green Communities Center:
Click here for links to the APA's HIA page. You will find:
- A report on the state of HIA in planning
- An issue brief that highlights the value of HIA in planning practice
- A toolkit for integrating HIA into the planning process
Aging 2.0 Grand Challenges
Aging2.0's Grand Challenges is a global initiative to drive collaboration around the biggest challenges and opportunities in aging. Click on the image to access a wonderfully organized site regarding the issues of: Engagement and Purpose; Financial Wellness; Mobility and Movement; Daily Living and Lifestyle; Caregiving; Care Co-ordination; Brain Health; End of Life.
Urban Land Institute / ULI
Around the world, communities face pressing health challenges related to the built environment. For many years, ULI and its members have been active players in discussions and projects that make the link between human health and development; we know that health is a core component of thriving communities.
The ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative is building on that work with a multifaceted program—including research and publications, convenings, and advisory activities—to leverage the power of the Institute’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.