Plan4Health NC Featured at the 2017 Planning for Healthy Communities Conference in Mooresville, NC

The 5th Annual Planning for Healthy Communities Conference took place on November 2 at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in Mooresville, North Carolina. The conference featured an array of breakout and plenary sessions on topics at the intersection of planning and public health. This year’s conference attracted seventy-five participants from across North Carolina and neighboring states, representing the fields of planning, public health, parks and recreation, and local government management. Tim Schwantes from Active Living By Design was the morning keynote speaker and gave an engaging presentation on operationalizing health equity. As demonstrated within his presentation, health equity is providing everyone with the particular resources he or she needs in order to live a healthy and productive life. For example, instead of giving everyone the same bicycle regardless of height or physical ability providing them with a specific bicycle that will meet their individual needs.   The afternoon plenary panel featured Plan4Health managers Mike Thompson from Tennessee and Katherine Hebert from North Carolina, who shared their experiences with leading a statewide effort to promote healthy community planning work and grow cross-sector collaborations. The three-year Plan4Health project of the American Planning Association has leveraged planners’ roles as collaborators and conveners to improve health outcomes across the nation. Although North Carolina and Tennessee have taken different approaches to implement Plan4Health, they have both benefited from the resources provided by and professional relationships fostered during the program. Breakout sessions on innovative health department initiatives, the impact of transportation, housing, and economic development on health, promoting access to healthy foods, and supporting active living provided participants three chances to focus on an aspect of...

Sign up for the Mentor-Match Program

Author: Nate Baker, Co-chair, Young Planners Group The Young Planners Group is hosting the Mentor-Match program again this year and we need your help in making this important opportunity possible. The program allows young planners or planning students (mentees) to match up with experienced planners or planners who have been in the profession for over two years (mentors). YPG will then continue to facilitate communication through social events and web-based communication. Guidance may include: Professional development, job hunting, learning about career paths, involvement in APA Conference session recommendations, professional networking Learning more about the planning the profession You will have a chance to meet your mentor/mentee face-to-face on Wednesday, September 27th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm during the APA-NC Welcome Reception and on Thursday September 28th at the Membership and Diversity Mixer starting at 6:30pm. We will provide some basic guidance to kick things off and you can also connect at other times for lunch, other sessions, or events. In addition to other social events, YPG will host a March Mentor Meetup in the spring. Please see below for instructions and more details. Mentors Are you a seasoned professional who can provide career advice to the next generation of planners? Do you have advice to share about planning in North Carolina? Are you a veteran of the APA NC Conference and willing to share your expertise and tips? As a mentor you will be matched up with an emerging professional who is attending the conference and has signed up for the program. If you would like to be a mentor apply here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TQYYTGV Mentees Are you new to planning in North...