Plan4Health is a multi-year effort that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. Seventy-five percent of the program’s funding supports local and state coalitions working to advance public health through better planning and partnerships, specifically through leveraging skills and evidence-based strategies. The program is implemented in partnership with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and represents a major new collaboration between planners and public health professionals. Funding for Plan4Health was provided through an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Seventeen coalitions were selected for the Plan4Health program after a competitive review process. The program is being administered through APA’s Planning and Community Health Center that is dedicated to integrating community health issues into local and regional planning practices by advancing research, outreach, education and policy.

The Design 4 Active Sacramento (D4AS) coalition received a $150,000 grant from the American Planning Association through its Plan4Health program to combat two determinants of chronic disease—lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods.

D4AS brings together professional engineers, planners and public health professionals to create streets that are conducive to safely walking, biking and living through active design. D4AS seeks to change the way design and health professionals work together with the goal of creating communities built for health.

Coalition partners include:

  • WALKSacramento
  • The California Chapter of the American Planning Association
  • The Sacramento Valley Section of the American Planning Association
  • The California Public Health Association – North (CPHA – N)
  • The Sacramento Chapter of the Urban Land Institute
  • The Sacramento County Office of Sustainability
  • The City of Citrus Heights
  • The Institute for Local Government
  • The Echelon Transportation Group
  • The Sacramento Tree Foundation
  • La Familia Counseling Center

Additional contributors include

  • The Sacramento County Department of Public Health
  • The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

For more information about the Plan4Health program, visit or follow the hashtag #Plan4Health on Twitter.

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