Ten HBE Assessment Tools for Local Governments - Webinar

April 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

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

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

As Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director and MPH Graduate Project Coordinator, Renee’s work focuses on promoting health and health equity through an active living lens.  She works with communities using mixed methods to understand cultural context and advance approaches and policies to foster healthy and active opportunities and lifestyles for all people. Much of the work focuses on partnering with underserved rural communities and families. As part of her expertise she co-leads the PAPRN+ Rural Workgroup and has been invited to serve on advisory panels and/or lead webinars for Voices for Healthy Kids, America Walks, the Physical Activity Research Center, and the diversity committee for the 2016 National Physical Activity Plan, to name a few.  In addition to serving in these capacities, she currently co-chairs the 2019 Active Living Conference and is the Immediate Past-President for the American Academy of Health Behavior, a multidisciplinary society of health behavior scholars and researchers.