The goal of the Design 4 Active Sacramento (D4AS) Advisory Council is to improve public health by shaping the built environment to better support walking, biking, and other healthy activities. 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. This is a 12-month training program for cross-sectoral teams to influence the policies and systems that impact public health. During the program, the team worked to increase awareness in the region on the importance of walkability to a healthy, prosperous community. Several products were finalized during the course of the year, including successful incorporation of language into Sacramento County’s Housing Element to make the improvement of public health 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.
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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
Principal Planner, Sustainability Manager, Sacramento County Department of Community Development. Judy has over 25 years of experience with local government, community planning and development. She created multiple County programs and has led several major multi-departmental initiatives that identified new incentives for infill development, creative and sustainable ways of getting infrastructure “in the ground,” and advanced policies that promote public health, safety and livability through community design and the built environment. Most recently she was successful in obtaining $1.5 million in sustainability grants for the county. Judy is the Team Leader for Design 4 Active Sacramento. She has a Master’s degree in Park and Recreation Administration.
TERI DUARTE, MPH
ADRIAN ENGEL, PE, LEED AP
OLIVIA KASIYRE, MD
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
Sacramento Valley Chapter – American Planning Association
California Chapter of the American Planning Association
American Public Health Association – North
Sacramento Area Council of Governments
Echelon Transportation Group
Katie Valenzuela Garcia
La Familia Counseling Center
Mutual Housing Sacramento