Meeting Archive:
Healthy Communities: Neighborhood Planning through a Health Equity Lens

Meeting Description:

The Community Transformation Grant program creates healthier communities by making healthy living easier and more affordable where people work, live, learn and play. Communities are encouraged to make structural changes to the built environment and establish policies that facilitate healthier living through the development and implementation of initiatives that prevent chronic diseases. This approach is particularly critical in communities with the greatest health and economic disparities. This webinar will feature stories of successful collaboration between public health and planning in Seattle and Fort Worth, Texas, and demonstrate the positive impact attention to health equity has in neighborhood planning.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the importance of equity considerations in planning and how a focus on health can serve as a way to engage the community in the planning process and be a guide for prioritizing planning strategies.
  • Discuss the Healthy Living Assessment developed in Seattle and its use as a tool to include health in the planning process at the neighborhood level and use health as the guide for developing the neighborhood plan.
  • Identify the various strategies the Fort Worth Planning Department has utilized in neighborhood planning, particularly regarding equity concerns, and discuss the sustainable urban villages the department has been working on.
  • Demonstrate how the Tarrant County Public Health Department has been a partner in the planning process.
  • Explain how planning is integral to improving health throughout the county and what kind of capacity needs to be developed so that planners and health professionals can better work together.
This webinar will be recorded and archived on APHA’s website at:
We are offering CPH, CHES (Category II - self report), and AICP CM credit for this webinar.

If you have any questions, please contact
Date: Thu, Jul 18, 2013
Time: 01:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Anna Ricklin, Shawn McIntosh
 Presenter Information
Beth Altshuler, MCP, MPH, CPH

Public Health and Urban Planning Specialist, Raimi + Associates

Beth Altshuler’s work at Raimi + Associates focuses on community food security, social and health equity, active transportation and state and local environmental policy. With broad experience working in public agencies, planning and policy consulting and as an academic researcher, she provides expertise in parks and recreation, transportation, public health, sustainability and strategic planning. At the forefront of the healthy communities discipline for ten years, Ms. Altshuler is committed to creating livable places, reducing health disparities and engaging residents in the future of their communities. Beth holds master’s degrees in both city and regional planning and public health epidemiology/biostatistics from the University of California-Berkeley, a BA in sociology from Cornell University and is Certified in Public Health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

David Goldberg, MUP
Senior Planner, Seattle's Department of Planning and Development
David Goldberg has 20 years of experience in neighborhood planning, transit-oriented development and capital projects. David’s passion is how people and places shape each other. He is focusing on integrating health and equity into Seattle’s neighborhood-scaled planning, and he was part of a multidisciplinary team that developed the Healthy Living Assessment. He is sharing Seattle’s experience with Health Impact Assesment practitioners, TOD planners, and transportation activists, in order to continue refining this tool. David has a BA from Wesleyan University, and a master's in urban planning from the University of Washington.

Eric Fladager, AICP, CNU-A
Comprehensive Planning Manager, City of Fort Worth Planning & Development Department
Eric Fladager manages the Comprehensive Planning Section of the department, which coordinates the annual update of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and provides planning assistance for specific areas or functions within the city. Eric’s section is responsible for developing long-range plans for specific geographic areas of the city. His team works on a variety of economic development, research, mapping and urban design projects. Prior to arriving in Fort Worth seven years ago, Eric worked as a planner in Oregon for more than 10 years. Eric earned a master's degree in planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He holds a professional planning certification from the American Institute of Certified Planners, and an accreditation from the Congress for the New Urbanism.

Lou Brewer, PhD, MPH, RN
Health Director, Tarrant County Public Health, Fort Worth, Texas

Lou Brewer has more than 30 years of experience in public health at the local and state levels including academia and practice. She received her bachelor's degree in nursing and her master's in public health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed her PhD in Urban Planning and Public Policy from the University of Texas at Arlington in August 2012. Lou has held numerous leadership positions at the national, state, regional and local levels. Lou and the health department staff have worked closely with the City of Fort Worth Planning Department to create a public health chapter in the Comprehensive Plan and with the City of Arlington to conduct a health impact assessment for one of its economically depressed neighborhoods. She believes that one of the critical public health prevention strategies for decreasing the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases relates to urban planning and policy.