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National Resources

Active Living Research
Active Living Research is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that produces evidence-based research on the benefits of active school environments as well as walkable, bikeable communities, particularly for preventing childhood obesity. The Active Living Research website provides credible research, toolkits, webinars, and access to a network of experts in the field.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Healthy Community Design Initiative
This initiative from the CDC builds on existing evidence about how planning and public health affect one another by utilizing health impact assessment and describing community design best practices. The Healthy Community Design Initiative is home to resources that demonstrate the link between community design and public health in terms of physical activity, injury rates, healthy food access, social relationships, and other important public health issues.

Active Living by Design
Active Living by Design provides expertise to organizations that wish to increase routine physical activity and healthy eating through changes in community design. ALD currently provide funding and technical assistance to 25 diverse community partnerships across the United States with these goals. The website contains a comprehensive selection of toolkits, promising practices, white papers, and reports.

PolicyLink
PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity. One report by PolicyLink and the California Endowment, “Why Place Matters: Building the Movement for Healthy Communities” examines the relationship between socioeconomic and environmental conditions and the health of residents. This is just one of many reports that relate to social equity that is available for free download from the PolicyLink website.

Prevention Institute
The Prevention Institute website includes tools to support the creation, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive prevention initiatives and effective coalitions. It also contains the Environmental Nutrition and Activity Community Tool (ENACT), an online resource of local policies that can improve opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity in a variety of environments from childcare to workplaces.

ChangeLab Solutions
ChangeLab Solutions works to improve the health of communities by offering resources to policymakers and advocates, including toolkits, technical assistance, and reports on best practices. In particular, ChangeLab Solutions

American Public Health Association (APHA)
The APHA’s work spans a wide array of topic areas that relate to public policy: from social cohesion to community resilience to disasters to equitable access to safe, active transportation options. APHA offers fact sheets, communications toolkits, case studies, reports and links to useful websites about these issue areas (and more). The APHA has created a Transportation Toolkit with all of these resources specifically created for the intersection of transportation and health. It also offers an e-newsletter with updates about member organizations’ work in health and transportation.

American Planning Association (APA)
The American Planning Association is the national professional organization for planners. The planning field is involved in a wide array of activities that affect the built and social environments, including creating plans and policies that impact the nature of neighborhoods, housing, and transportation.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a network of “organizations, government agencies and professional groups working to set goals, share best practices, leverage infrastructure and program funding and advance policy change to help agencies that implement Safe Routes to School programs.” Safe Routes to School programs are implemented all across the country to promote walking and biking among school-age children, usually with funding from state or national government.

Los Angeles Resources

Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC)
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition works to create a safer bicycling environment in the County through direct advocacy with policymakers, offering safety classes for bicyclists, and training volunteers to conduct bicycle and pedestrian counts. LACBC also holds fun community-building events, like ‘Sunday Funday’ rides and its annual Los Angeles River Ride.

Los Angeles Walks
Los Angeles Walks is “a pedestrian advocacy group that makes walking safe, accessible and fun for all Angelenos.” Its work includes raising awareness of walking as an essential, enjoyable form of transportation, as well as advocating for pedestrian infrastructure.

CicLAvia
CicLAvia is Los Angeles’ open streets event; every few months, it opens streets for walking, biking, playing, relaxing, and enjoying LA streets in new ways. Its rotating location means that new parts of Los Angeles are opened up for new activities.

Blogs and Other Resources

Streetsblog Los Angeles
Streetsblog LA reports daily on the issues that affect bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit riders in the Los Angeles County region.

Planetizen
Planetizen is a public-interest information exchange for the urban planning, design, and development community. Planetizen publishes the latest news, opinion, jobs, and other features for the urban planning, design, and development community. It also hosts online courses that will interest novice planners, as well as several that may be used for certification maintenance credits for certified professionals.

The Dirt – the Blog of the American Society of Landscape Architects The Dirt features original articles written by landscape architects and other professionals involved in shaping the built and natural environments. Features include book reviews, news, and policy developments in the field of landscape architecture and planning.

NPR Cities
This series from National Public Radio explores the particular challenges that cities and metropolitan areas face today. NPR Cities includes news articles, book reviews, and includes new websites and innovative tools for city lovers.

Designing Healthy Communities - PBS
This four-part series from PBS features UCLA’s Dr. Richard Jackson and offers an in-depth look at the many ways that the built environment affects people’s chances to be healthy, as well as the ways that communities are meeting the challenge of creating healthier places.

NYTimes Every City, Every Block Census Explorer  
This New York Times interactive feature allows users to map the data in the most recent US Census in order to visualize the demographic makeup of the nation.

United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Environment Atlas -  (maps access to healthy food)
This atlas from the UDSA allows users to view, download, and print maps of the nation, by county, that illustrate a range of topics that relate to communities’ food environments. The atlas includes data about food choices, such as availability and cost of healthy foods; community indicators of health and well-being, such as obesity and diabetes rates; and community characteristics, such as rates of children or older adults who are food insecure in each county
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