In 2016, the Colorado Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA Colorado) partnered with the University of Colorado Denver’s Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism (CCSU) to investigate opportunities to advance opportunities to advance the relationship between human health and the built environment. The Colorado Chapter’s Executive Board identified a project steering committee to oversee this collaborative effort. The Committee agreed to build on work already underway within the College of Architecture and Planning and titled this work, Creating Healthy Places through Transformational Education and Design. That work, funded by a grant through the Colorado Health Foundation, had already developed draft evaluation tools for assessing how a local community can make human health and wellness more foundational in scoping, developing, and implementing planning and design projects and programs.
PLAN4Health Colorado Final Report
Using a working draft of the Health Assessment Lens, the PLAN4Health Colorado project partnered with local staff in the communities of Brush, Durango, and Westminster to apply health assessment provisions in each place. As a result, a set of findings and recommendations was prepared for the three communities to carry forward in near term and future work.