APA Hawaii’s Planners4Health Award and Program

APA Hawai'i Chapter


Tuesday, June 27, 2017
noon - 1 p.m. HST

Honolulu, HI, United States

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The Hawai‘i Chapter of the American Planning Association (HAPA) received an award through the American Planning Association’s (APA’s) Planners4Health initiative to build local capacity for integrating planning and public health. The initiative’s goal is to create stronger, healthier communities. This is a six-month initiative sponsored by APA that works to ensure planners and public health professionals have access to information and resources to help their communities more easily support and implement healthy living choices. The Planners4Health initiative marks the three-year culmination of APA’s $9 million Plan4Health program that works to combat two determinants of chronic disease – lack of physical activity, and lack of access to nutritious foods. Funding for the initiative is provided through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). With the goal of increasing planning capacity of local decision makers and non-traditional health sector partners around the benefits of healthy community design, the grant supports the formation of a multi-disciplinary task force. Hawai‘i’s Planners4Health task force consists of five members representing the following agencies: APA Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i State Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Evaluation Team, and Hawai‘i Public Health Institute.

Through this initiative, APA Hawai‘i has engaged State Department of Health and County-based organizations and partnerships to bridge the obstacles that impede the various sectors from working effectively together, broadly sharing knowledge and resources and building coalitions between planners and public health professionals, and more strongly integrating public health into local and regional planning practices.

At this session attendees will learn how the multi-disciplinary task force collaborated with County and State partners to develop a survey tool and co-develop activities specific for each of the four counties. A summary of those activities and lessons from those activities and the survey tool will be provided. The session will provide the opportunity to learn more about planning’s connection to health and community, and to network with individuals from both fields.

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Mark Fenton

Mark Fenton is a transportation, planning, and public health consultant, author, PBS television host, and active transportation advocate. An adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, he combines a public health perspective with engineering expertise (BS and MS degrees from MIT) to provide ... Read More

Danielle Schaeffner, MPH

Danielle Schaeffner, MPH, is an Environmental Change Specialist in the Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Division of the Hawai‘i State Department of Health. Danielle graduated from the Rollins School of Public Health in 2012 with an MPH in Epidemiology and has been working in the built environment field ... Read More

Matthew Gonser, AICP

Matthew Gonser, AICP, serves as an extension agent with the University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant College Program. Matthew focuses on community planning and design, natural hazards mitigation and climate change adaptation, and stormwater management. He is one of two elected Directors-at-Large with the Hawai‘i Chapter of the APA ... Read More

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Ralph Portmore, rportmore@gmail.com