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Healthy, Equitable Planning across the Spectrum

On October 12, 2011, you are invited to participate in an exploration of how one health department is working with its city planners and elected officials to promote health.
Healthy, Equitable Planning across the Spectrum

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September 26, 2011

On October 12, 2011, you are invited to participate in an exploration of how one health department is working with its city planners and elected officials to promote health. The presentation is entitled, "Urban Planners and Public Health Professionals Working Together to Promote Health and Equity: Experience at the Seattle King County Health Department." It will be be in the Health Sciences building, Room H670, from 3:30–5:00 PM (PDT) at the University of Washington's Seattle campus.

In the Seattle area, a movement of collaboration between the planning and public health fields has ensued over the last several years.  This partnership has resulted in policy, systems and environmental changes which aim to enhance the health of local residents.  Such changes include State-level Growth Management policies that promote active transportation, the incorporation of health into the regional long range plan for Puget Sound, health guidelines adopted by the King County Board of Health, and healthy comprehensive plans to help promote health in neighborhoods in King County currently experiencing health inequities. The speakers will describe their experiences in contributing to these accomplishments.

Kadie Bell Sata MPA, MUP, and Julie West MPH, both of Public Health - Seattle & King County (PHSKC), will present King County's work over the past decade—work that has led to improving residents' health. Sata and West have been part of a PHSKC effort to educate planners and elected officials about designing livable communities to improve the health of its residents.

Sata and West attribute their successes, in part, to innovative partnerships at local, regional, state and federal planning levels in order to address health, the economy, and the environment. The presentation will highlight how incorporating health-focused goals and policies into community design has improved the health of King County residents.

All public health and planning faculty, researchers, students, practitioners, and others interested in exploring the relationship between the built environment and the health of communities are welcome to attend.

For the past two years, NWCPHP and the University of Washington Department of Urban Design and Planning have hosted these monthly discussions around the built environment and health. These monthly discussions occur throughout the academic year, and are known as the Healthy Places Research Group forum.

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