Design 4 Active Sacramento

Design 4 Active Sacramento (D4AS) is a multidisciplinary crosssector team of planners, engineers, public health, and private health care professionals working to advance health and physical activity through community design.

Design 4 Active Sacramento (D4AS) Advisory Council improves public health by shaping the built environment to better support walking, biking, and other healthy activities across the Sacramento region. The council members represent a spectrum from active practitioners of public health to planners and designers of the built environment. The council is the outcome of participation by a local team, including WALKSacramento Former Executive Director Teri Duarte, in 2013 in the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. 

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In 2012, D4AS successfully incorporated language into Sacramento County’s Housing Element to make public health improvements a goal of housing. The team also reviewed Sacramento County’s Design Guidelines and identified the guidelines that promote physical activity and health, adding a section that describes active design and how to incorporate active design features into development projects. It was quickly apparent that the team’s work needed to go beyond one year. A strategic plan was developed to carry the work forward and the team moved to create an ongoing organization under the umbrella of WALKSacramento. The D4AS team increases WALKSacramento’s reach into the community and strengthens its ability to incorporate healthy, active design into both public works and private projects.

Awards and Recognition

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WALKSacramento and the D4AS Coalition have been awarded a Plan 4 Health grant from the Centers for Disease Control through the American Planning Association to advance healthy communities. As 1 of 17 national coalitions receiving funds to build greater connections between planning and health, WALKSacramento and the D4AS Coalition (which has expanded to include new community, agency, and professional affiliate partners) are providing technical assistance to local jurisdictions throughout Sacramento County.

Additionally, through a partnership with the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, WALKSacramento has received funding to provide technical assistance on Active Design to planners and public health professionals throughout the greater SACOG region.

Technical Assistance Offered:

  • Education to staff, appointed, and elected officials on advancing healthy communities
    Policy review and development
  • Consultation with developers to advance Active Design
  • Outreach and education with community members around healthy communities
  • Grant writing assistance
  • Health Impact Assessments
  • Convenings of public health and planning departments to discuss shared resources
  • Support at public hearings for healthy communities initiatives

Local, State, and National Recognition

Recent Work


2nd Regional Convening of Public Health Officers, Planning Directors, and New Partners
On June 7th, 2017 over 80 of the Sacramento Region’s public health and planning decision makers came together at the 
Maple Neighborhood Center to collaborate on designing healthier communities. County Public Health Officers joined Planning Directors, Public Works Engineers, and Community Benefit Mangers from throughout the region to explore the connections between health, planning, climate change, and equity. Expert presenters including leaders from the Health Care, Energy, Planning, and advocacy fields discussed the importance of incorporating health and equity into the way that communities are built.

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PLan4Health Project in Pictures

Plan4Health is a joint program between the American Planning Assocication and the American Public Health Association to build stronger collaboration between planners and public health professionals.  WALKSacramento and the Design 4 Active Sacramento Coalition led a project to advance Active Design implementation across Sacramento County.

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Advisory Board

JUDY ROBINSON

TERI DUARTE, MPH

ADRIAN ENGEL, PE, LEED AP

OLIVIA KASIYRE, MD

MONICA HERNÁNDEZ

EDIE E. ZUSMAN, M.D., FACS, FAANS, MBA

SARA CARR, PHD

MARK HORTON, MD, MPH

CHARLENE HAUSER, MD, MPH

GLENNAH TROCHET, M.D.

CAROLINE PECK, MD, MPH, FACOG

D4AS coalition members


D4AS Team
WALKSacramento
Sacramento Valley Chapter – American Planning Association
California Chapter of the American Planning Association
American Public Health Association – North
Sacramento County
Citrus Heights
Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Regional Transit
Echelon Transportation Group
Katie Valenzuela Garcia
La Familia Counseling Center
Mutual Housing Sacramento