Meeting Archive:
Built Environment Approaches for Improving Community Health

Meeting Description:

The built environment our neighborhoods and communities where we live, learn, work and play — has an impact on physical activity levels, access to healthy food, transportation behaviors and, ultimately, health outcomes. This webinar will feature two counties that have taken different approaches to changing the built environment around them in order to improve the health of their communities. Public health and development officials from Kane County, Ill. will describe their model for collaborative public policy planning and implementation and discuss the implementation of their 2040 Master Plan, which fully integrates public health into land use and transportation decisions. Representatives from Manatee County Health Department, Fla. will discuss the development of a Complete Streets policy to reduce pedestrian and bicycling injuries and increase opportunities for biking and walking.

Recording and slides will be available within one week of the event.

For more information about this webinar, please contact Sondra Dietz at

APHA received funds for this project and webinar from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as part of the National Public Health Improvement Initiative. The contents of this webinar do not represent any official views or endorsement by CDC. This webinar is not designed to support or defeat enactment of any legislation, pending before Congress or any state or local legislature. Federal, state, tribal and local jurisdictions apply differing rules regarding engagement with legislative bodies and other policy-related activities. Jurisdictions considering legal or other policy initiatives should seek the assistance of state or local legal counsel. Additional guidance for CDC funded recipients may be found at

Date: Thu, May 9, 2013
Time: 01:30 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Sondra Dietz
 Presenter Information
Theresa Heaton, MPH, BSN
Theresa Heaton currently directs the health promotion and environmental services provided by the Kane County Health Department, though her public health career began with a public health nursing role that combined individual service delivery with population-based intervention. Heaton has developed, facilitated, and sustained many community partnerships that advance public health system, environmental, policy,  and population health improvements. Prior to her work in local public health, Heaton managed demonstration research and facilitated public health partnerships at the St. Louis University School of Public Health where she earned her Master’s in Public Health.

Mark VanKerkhoff, AIA

Mark VanKerkhoff is the Director of the Development & Community Services Department for Kane County, Illinois, where he has provided leadership and management in the areas of planning, historic preservation, community development, homeless services and housing, building, zoning and code enforcement services to Kane’s 515,000 residents since 1994. For 25 years, Mr. VanKerkhoff has been involved with architectural design, historic preservation, long range and community planning, farmland protection, and the public administration of building, zoning, property maintenance, and other community services programs. Mr. VanKerkhoff is currently part of the leadership team for the County-wide “Quality of Kane” initiative. Mr. VanKerkhoff is an Illinois Licensed Architect and earned a Master of Arts in Architecture from the School of Architecture and Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

Marissa Sheldon, MPH
Marissa Sheldon is a fellow in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Public Health Prevention Service, a three-year program designed to train and develop public health leaders.  In this fellowship, Marissa spent one year working at the federal level in Atlanta, and has been at the Manatee County Health Department since October 2011 for her two-year field assignment.  Marissa’s work at the health department focuses on chronic disease prevention through policy and environmental changes in the areas of nutrition, physical activity, and tobacco cessation, and her passion is promoting healthy eating, particularly for low-income communities.  Prior to beginning her fellowship at the CDC, Marissa earned her Bachelor’s degree in community health from Brown University and her Master’s in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Megan Jourdan

Megan Jourdan received a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the New College of Florida. Since 2008, she has worked in local level public health, with a focus on coalition building, policy change and community health, and has been with the Manatee County Health Department since 2010. Ms. Jourdan has facilitated several local, state and federal grants, including the Florida Department of Health’s Tobacco Prevention Grant for Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and NACCHO’s (National Association of City and County Health Officials) ACHIEVE (Action Communities for Healthy and Innovative enVironmental ChangE) grant. As of November 2012, Ms. Jourdan has been certified by the Florida Sterling Council as a Sterling Examiner for business quality management.