Plan4Health Funding Opportunity
Last year, the American Planning Association (APA) and American Public Health Association (APHA) launched a Centers for Disease Control (CDC)-funded joint project called “Plan4Health,” which aims to build local capacity to address population health goals and promote the inclusion of health in non-traditional sectors, namely planning. Their vision is “The Plan4Health community envisions the full integration of planning and public health where we live, work, and play.”
A new funding opportunity through Plan4Health has been released. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to improve the capacity of planning and public health professionals to advance community-based strategies providing for equitable access to opportunities for physical activity and to nutritious food and beverages. Strategies could relate to land uses, zoning, transportation, or other issues.
Please note that only state chapters of APA are eligible to apply – not cities, counties, or tribes. Oregon APA is currently reaching out to identify communities in Oregon that have interest in this work and are ready to either build their capacity or to implement a specific, tangible project. There is a focus on creating local “healthy planning coalitions” and leveraging the complementary expertise of local planners and local public health professionals to tackle issues.
To explore whether this fits, I suggest you learn more about Plan4Health and see examples of current grantees/target communities at http://www.plan4health.us/ and read the RFP at https://www.planning.org/nationalcenters/health/psecoalitions. Read the RFP carefully – for example, it states that APA chapters cannot partner with communities that receive CDC REACH funding.
If you believe that your community may be a good fit, please contact Becky Steckler, AICP, OAPA Program and Policy Manager to explore options. She can be reached at (503) 889-6536 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Her letter of intent is due to APA by July 1, so do not delay!
Please also feel free to contact your liaison to discuss and brainstorm.