Health, Meet Planning
Common sense suggests a stong relationship between healthy people living in healthy communities as a consequence of good planning. But only recently have those responsible for health programs sat down with planners, and vice-versa. Now the results of some of those conversations are becoming apparent.
The Healthy Living Issue Group of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network has just released a report that summarizes intiatives across the country. Bringing Health to the Planning Table: A Profile of Promising Practices in Canada and Abroad can be found here.
The report profiles case studies within 13 Canadian communities from across Canada where collaborative approaches to improve health outcomes have been a key consideration in planning decisions related to the built environment.
This approach was chosen so that the successes (and lessons learned) of a variety of different projects could be shared with other communities. With one case study from each province and territory it provides a pan-Canadian perspective. Two international examples highlight similar work happening abroad.
More here from the Public health Agency of Canada on their Healthy Living Strategy.
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