Plan4Health: Partnering for Equity


  • The Plan4Health project and how APA and APHA are supporting innovative approaches to social change at the local level

  • The power and necessity of cross-sector work for achieving planning and public health goals

  • The importance of equity as a strategy for increasing sustainability and for reaching vulnerable communities


An initiative of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Community Health Center that is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by APA chapters and American Public Health Association (APHA) affiliates, Plan4Health supports creative partnerships to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions. Equity, a core value of Plan4Health, has informed how coalitions have identified—and are supporting—communities experiencing chronic disease at disproportionate rates. Learn about the tools and resources for incorporating equity into project plans as well as lessons learned from two Plan4Health coalitions.   

This course introduces equitable planning, featuring tools and resources created by ChangeLab Solutions and the Washington State Department of Health. ChangeLab Solutions has developed checklists and model language for incorporating equity into planning processes. The Washington State Department of Health developed a statewide data index that displays tailored health, planning, and equity indicators in an interactive mapping format. Case examples of two Plan4Health coalitions, the Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition and the Puyallup Watershed Inititative Active Transportation Community of Interest, will allow you to see this work “in action.”