APA New Mexico Chapter Receives Grant Funding to Advance Healthy Communities

[ALBUQUERQUE] – The American Planning Association New Mexico Chapter has received a $50,000 grant through the Planners4Health initiative to build local capacity for integrating planning and public health. The initiative’s goal is to create stronger, healthier communities.

The six-month initiative sponsored by the American Planning Association (APA) beginning in February and ending in July of 2017,  will strive to enable planners and public health professionals to 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).

Through the initiative, APA New Mexico will use the grant funding to broadly share knowledge and resources on building coalitions with public health professionals and more strongly integrating public health into local and regional planning practices.

“This is a significant opportunity to enhance local planning efforts to create healthier communities and establish a strong legacy of collaboration between planners and public health professionals,” said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center. “Through APA New Mexico’s efforts, even more professionals will have access to best practices and resources to further advance healthy communities.”

Through this grant, the APA New Mexico Chapter will:

  • Identify potential partners;
  • Leverage existing healthy community initiatives and efforts underway;
  • Share planning and public health information; and
  • Bring together key stakeholders.

“The Planners4Health project will raise awareness and honor the good work occurring today around planning and public health initiatives. We are looking forward to sharing that knowledge across New Mexico and with our peers nationally.”

Erick J. Aune, President APA-NM

More information about APA New Mexico’s work through Planners4Health can be found at http://www.plan4healthnm.com. Visit www.planning.org/nationalcenters/health/planners4health for information about the overall program.



Dana Gorodetsky, Planners4Health New Mexico Project Manager, dschwei35@gmail.com
Roberta Rewers, American Planning Association, rrewers@planning.org

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