How Planners can Collaborate with Public Health During a Pandemic

APA is presenting, for the first time, a panel discussion among AICP planners working within public health departments to highlight how planners can be agile and help with pandemic/emergency response and recovery work.  This interactive virtual course includes breakout rooms with moderated peer-to-peer interactions to develop solutions for rebuilding and designing more equitable communities.   

  • Learn how the local public health department operates, including the structure, responsibilities, and the type of projects/programs they undertake.
  • Identify areas for collaboration between planners and public health departments during emergency situations.
  • Demonstrate the value of planning and the importance of including planners in pandemic response and recovery phases.  

In these challenging times, public health agencies are experiencing work fatigue due to the additional workload. In such times (and beyond), planners should be considered as an extension of the public health workforce to help relieve some of the pressures of the local public health departments. Planners can collaborate in many ways, such as data tracking and monitoring, map creation, identifying clusters of new outbreaks, contact tracing, addressing health inequities, and providing other creative solutions for the new normal.