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Integrating Health Into the Comprehensive Planning Process: An analysis of seven case studies and recommendations for change

January 2016

Anna Ricklin, Nick Kushner


Today, the separation of urban planning and public health as independent fields has led to a failure to recognize the influence built environments have on the health of urban populations. However, urban planning and policy historically emerged as a means to prevent the spread of infectious disease. Through analyzing seven case studies, this report presents several strategies for re-establishing these connections.

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Policy Implications

Integrating planning and health departments, specifically among local governments, would help create comprehensive policies. Smart urban growth could be streamlined if policymakers institutionalize collaboration of various government agencies and development stakeholders. Policymakers must first address any regulatory and organizational barriers that stand in the way of collaboration. Local leaders must also work to involve communities in the planning process.

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