Planning and Designing Healthy Communities

This two-day intensive workshop will introduce you to key principles and strategies for the planning and designing of healthy communities.

Building on recent work and new research on the relationship between urban design and public health, your instructors will introduce you to the Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Linkages Toolkit and provide guidance on how to develop a health impact assessment.

Featuring guest speakers from the Metro Vancouver public health community, this interactive course will be grounded in the practical demands of local government policy development, design and implementation.

Location update: Due to the COVID-19 situation, courses scheduled to start before August 31 in Vancouver or Surrey will move to online-supported delivery.

Currently not available for registration.

Instructors and Guest Speakers

Neal LaMontagne, adjunct professor, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning

Claire Gram, Population Health Policy and Project Lead, Vancouver Coastal Health

Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health

Charito Gailling, Project Manager, BC Centre for Disease Control

Lianne Carley, Vancouver Coastal Health Population Health Team

What will you learn?

The course is intended to educate and inspire, to develop an understanding of the public health implications of policy and design decisions, and to apply a health lens to a broad spectrum of policy and design issues and initiatives.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Build an evidence-based case for incorporating health into planning and design work
  • Identify local needs and opportunities to improve public health outcomes
  • Outline and develop a health impact assessment
  • Apply strategies to improve local health outcomes and health equity
  • Understand the relationships between physical activity, social connectivity, food systems, housing affordability, public space design and public health
  • Build partnerships within a community to support planning and design initiatives
  • Understand and connect with resources from Regional Health Authorities and the public health sector

How will you learn?

You will learn concepts and skills through the following activities:

  • Presentations
  • Class discussions
  • Case studies
  • In-class exercises

Who should take this course?

  • City and community planners
  • Urban designers
  • Social planners
  • City councillors and related political decision-makers and advisors
  • Anyone interested in improving public health in their community

Textbooks and learning materials

We will provide custom course materials.

Professional development credits

AIBC CES participants, PIBC members and BCSLA members may self-report for continuing education learning unit consideration.

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