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Incorporating Health into City and County Planning

Learn more about the June Hot Topics webinar. Amalia Leighton, PE, Civil Engineer and Planner with SvR Design Company, will discuss how collaboration between public health and urban planning is being restored.
Incorporating Health into City and County Planning

Federal Way planners identify walking and biking routes. Photo courtesy City of Federal Way.

In the June Hot Topics webinar, Amalia Leighton, PE, Civil Engineer and Planner with SvR Design Company, will discuss how collaboration between public health and urban planning is being restored.

May 31, 2012

In the mid-19th century, public health officials collaborated with urban planners to prevent the spread of communicable diseases by improving city water and sanitation systems.  Those partnerships waned over the decades. Public health professionals are now working to re-establish connections with urban planners to respond to current community health issues like obesity, asthma, and diabetes.

In the June Hot Topics webinar, Amalia Leighton, PE, Civil Engineer and Planner with SvR Design Company, will discuss how collaboration between public health and urban planning is being restored. One example of this collaboration is the shared development of comprehensive plans, the documents that guide a city's parks, housing, commercial space, and transportation infrastructure.

During the presentation, Leighton will explain what public health professionals need to know about comprehensive plans, including various approaches to incorporating health elements and health goals into their development. To make these planning concepts more tangible, Leighton will review case studies that demonstrate how jurisdictions in King County, Washington include health language and outcomes in their documents and communicate with stakeholders about the process.

Register now for this chance to get an inside look at the comprehensive planning process.

Incorporating Health into City and County Planning

Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, noon to 1:00 p.m. (PDT)

Target Audiences

  • Local and state public health practitioners
  • Local and state emergency management staff
  • City officials
  • Community planners

Presenter

Amalia Leighton, PE, is a planner and civil engineer with significant experience in planning efforts and implementation projects. From master plans to feasibility studies, Leighton has partnered with municipal agencies and their stakeholders to prepare transportation planning documents that emphasize mobility, social equity, and community enhancement. Her experience includes working with bicycle and pedestrian planners, health and walking specialists, social equity stakeholders, and urban designers specializing in sub-area or land-use policy. From November 2010 to March 2012, Leighton led a team of sub-consultants to create plans in King County, Washington designed to reduce health inequities related to obesity.

 

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