Ten HBE Assessment Tools for Local Governments - Webinar

Thank you to everyone who joined us for this event! If you missed it, you can also access a recorded version of the webinar, and download a copy of the accompanying resource.


Join us on April 3rd as we launch our newest resource guide: Ten Healthy Built Environment Assessment Tools for Local Governments, which was developed in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health. This guide has been designed to support local governments in assessing features of their communities’ built environments. These ten assessment tools, when paired with community engagement efforts and health data, can support local governments in identifying the strengths and gaps in their community built environments and demonstrate how those gaps might negatively impact health. 

We will be joined by Sagar Shah, Manager of Planning at the American Planning Association. He will be discussing the many ways to utilize the Metrics for Planning Healthy Communities tool, with a focus on ensuring equity is brought into the process. Also joining us is Renee Umstattd Meyer, one of the Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) authors and an expert on rural communities. We will explore all ten validated healthy built environment assessment tools that are showcased in the new resource guide, with a focus on both the Metrics for planning Healthy Communities tool and the RALA tools.

We hope you can join us on April 3rd. To register for this event, please click here.

Who Should Participate?
This is a free webinar open to anyone interested in learning about Healthy Built Environment Assessment Tools available and the link to overall community health. The information will be highly beneficial for municipal planners and public health policy makers as the information provides the health context for how we design and build our communities.

Register Now. Space is limited and registration is required.

If you have questions please contact celeste@bchealthycommunities.ca

Presenter Bio's

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Sagar Shah, PhD, AICP

Sagar Shah is a Manager of Planning and Community Health Center at the American Planning Association. In this role, he currently leads applied research projects connecting urban planning and public health at the APA. Sagar’s research interest includes investigating the role planners can play in creating healthy communities with emphasis on health equity. In his academic and professional career, he has worked on multiple applied research, community-based research, and basic research projects. In addition to research, he has a passion for data analysis and teaching. Sagar holds a PhD in Regional Development Planning from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s degree in Planning from the University of Southern California. 

Renee Umstattd Meyer, Ph.D. MCHES

Dr. Renée Umstattd Meyer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health at Baylor University in Waco, TX, where she also serves as the Graduate Program Director and teaches in the community health concentration.  She earned her Ph.D. from the Arnold School of Public Health, Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior at the University of South Carolina in 2005 where she was trained as a behavioral scientist and specialized in community-based physical activity interventions and evaluation.  The aim of her research is to better understand and promote physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior for all people across the lifespan, specifically acknowledging the importance of and interrelationships among behavioral, environmental, cultural, and policy factors. The community-based efforts she is engaged in incorporate intervention development and implementation, mixed-method approaches, instrument development, and evaluation.  Her research prioritizes diverse underserved and rural communities and addresses active living and creative solutions to increase opportunities for and engagement in active play and physical activity for all.  She aims to advance health equity through all her efforts.  She currently has over 60 peer-reviewed publications and her work has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the United States Department of Education (USDOE).  Dr. Umstattd Meyer currently serves as Co-PI of one of four primary projects funded by the RWJF through the Physical Activity Research Center (PARC) focused on evaluating implementation and tailoring of Play Streets in rural, low-income, diverse communities to increase child/adolescent physical activity.  She also serves as a Co-I and the physical activity lead of the USDA-funded “Health for You and Your Family” family-based and promotora-led project aimed to improve physical activity and healthy eating behaviors of Mexican-origin children and families along the U.S.-Mexico border, which focuses specifically on father-child dyads.  Additionally, she co-leads the rural physical activity working group of the CDC-funded Physical Activity and Policy Research Network + (PAPRN+; https://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/center-for-adolesc...) and is one of eight researchers that constitute the RWJF funded Physical Activity Research Center (PARC; https://paresearchcenter.org/).

Colin Baillie, MSc, PhD(c)

Colin Baillie is a PhD candidate in the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies at Queen's University, which sits on the territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Nations. As a community-engaged researcher, Colin’s work focuses on facilitating the use of Indigenous methodologies and methods as well as working with First Nations youth to explore their environment using Indigenous ways of knowing. As part of his ongoing research, Colin is working with community partners and youth co-researchers to validate a physical activity environment assessment tool that supports wellness by exploring the relationship between physical activity and First Nations peoples. In addition to his involvement in community research, Colin’s teaching experience spans a wide variety of topics including community-engaged research with hard to reach populations, health behaviour change theories, Photovoice, motivational interviewing, ethics, as well as quantitative and qualitative data input. Colin’s devotion to knowledge sharing has been recognised by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, who awarded him the Scientific Director’s Award for Exemplary Knowledge Translation, as well as his home institution, where he has been nominated for five teaching awards in the past three years.

Sammie Hwang, BSc, BTech, CPHI(C)

Sammie Hwang is an Environmental Health Officer working in the Healthy Built Environment (HBE) program in Health Protection at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). The purpose of the program is to influence and support the creation and sustainability of healthy built environments to improve health outcomes through disease and injury prevention within our VCH communities. To achieve this purpose, the HBE team collaborates with local governments and key partners in communities to encourage and facilitate the inclusion of health and wellbeing into planning policies, guidelines, processes and decisions. Sammie has a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Health. She has been a Certified Environmental Health Officer working with Vancouver Coastal Health since 2017.