Planning and Health

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Valley Passage in Milwaukee, adjacent to the Urban Ecology Center at 37th and Pierce (photo by Cassandra Leopold)

2018 - Inaugural Wisconsin Healthy Communities Named

31 Wisconsin communities have been have been recognized "for their work to improve health in their communities" as a part of the Wisconsin Healthy Communities Designation program. Communities received either a gold, silver or bronze designation in the first year of the program offered by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) in collaboration with a variety of statewide group. Want to learn more? Visit the WHCD website for more information about the program and to learn about the designation criteria.   


Workshop on Building Healthy Communities in Wisconsin

In 2014, with funding from APA and the American Public Health Association (APHA), APA - Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Public Health Association offered a workshop on Building Healthy Communities.  The funding allowed the leaders to produce three videos from the workshop.  Each video is a different length:

Plan4Health in Wisconsin

Wisconsin has been fortunate to receive three Plan4Health grants from APA.  Read more about the Plan4Health activities in Wisconsin.

More Resources to Plan for Health

Healthy Rural Community Design: A Scorecard for Comprehensive Plans (Charron, Lisa.Healthy Rural Community Design: A Scorecard for Comprehensive Plans–Version 3.1. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute; 2018).

Lead in Drinking Water, by Cassandra Leopold, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (an introduction and overview for planners)
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Shawano Farmers Market. The F.R.E.S.H. Project built capacity to improve access to healthy food by creating a coalition of planning and public health professionals, University of Wisconsin Extension staff, social service agency representatives, people working in the local food system, and community activists. Learn more in the Plan4Health section above.

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