Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities


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The way our communities are designed and built can either support or hinder health. This includes sidewalks, bike lanes, public transportation, housing, schools, parks, employment centers, etc.

Everyone deserves healthy communities with safe routes to where we live, learn, work, play, and pray, as well as safe routes to healthy food.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and partner organizations have pledged to work together on the Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities. Partners include American Institute of Architects, American Planning Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Landscape Architects, National Recreation and Park Association, U.S. Green Building Council, & Urban Land Institute.

The signatory organizations, challenge members—comprising architects, urban planners, landscape architects, developers, engineers, and professionals from public health, parks, and green building—to do the following:

  • Build Relationships: Create and foster partnerships that advance health
  • Establish Health Goals: Build an understanding of health data and establish measurable health objectives for plans and projects
  • Implement Strategies to Improve Health: Advance policies, programs, and systems that promote community health, well-being, and equity
  • Share Expertise: Communicate the Importance of Health

Spread the word and contribute to creating healthy communities.

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of Latinos rely on public transit (compared to 14% of whites).

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