The eight member organizations of the Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities (JCTA) Coalition published ten discussion guides to highlight successful cross-disciplinary collaborations for healthy, equitable communities.
The guides feature case studies from across the country, including California, Colorado, Kentucky, Indiana, and Washington, D.C., and examine the keys to their success as well as challenges they face. Included in each guide are conversational questions any design or planning professional can use to kick-start collaboration in their community.
Many communities across the country are quickly improving conditions for pedestrians and bikers as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, public health professionals are increasingly being engaged by land use professionals as part of project teams. Their insights and expertise can ensure that plans, policies, and projects are developed to best promote community health. In Baltimore’s Jonestown neighborhood, a public health professional took action to gather stakeholders to transform an alley into a garden and public green space. Read more below.
The guides build on the core values outlined in the 2017 Joint Call to Action to Promote Healthy Communities which provided a framework for effective local, state, and regional collaboration across fields. Those values include:
- creating and foster partnerships that advance health
- building an understanding of health data and establishment of measurable health objectives for plans and projects
- advancing policies, programs, and systems that promote community health, well-being and equity
- communicating the importance of health
The JCTA Coalition includes the American Institute of Architects, the American Planning Association, the American Public Health Association, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society of Landscape Architects, the National Recreation and Park Association, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Urban Land Institute.