Health outcomes are profoundly influenced by the built environment and community design. CADH’s April 25th forum, Housing and Land Use for a Healthy Public: Planning, Design and Development to Promote Health Equity, brought together over 100 public health professionals, planners, government leaders, housing advocates and other attendees to discuss how strategic partnerships and policymaking can improve health. The forum was co-sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Partnership for Strong Communities, and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities. At the forum, CADH unveiled its policy brief.
Robert Ogilvie of Public Health Law and Policy provided a keynote address that examined how physical design choices in a community can promote better health outcomes. Shelby Mertes of the Partnership for Strong Communities focused specifically on the connectivity between housing quality, affordability of housing, neighborhood conditions, and health outcomes. Sharon Mierzwa discussed the Health Equity Index. Finally, a panel - featuring Leslie Creane, Town Planner for the Town of Hamden, Robert Miller, Health Director of the Eastern Highlands Health District and Emily Moos, Senior Planner and Policy Analyst at the Capitol Region Council of Governments - offered examples of local and regional efforts to incorporate public health into effective community planning. Presentation materials can be accessed by clicking here.
The forum and release of the policy brief culminated an 18-month grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation (CHF) under CHF’s new Integrating Health Research into Advocacy initiative. The event was recorded by CT-N and covered by the Connecticut Public News Service, Health Justice CT, and on Newstalk WTIC 1080.
Since the forum, CADH has since been invited by Public Health Law and Policy to apply as partner for grants to sustain this “healthy planning” work in Connecticut.
For more information about the forum and policy brief, please click here.