Chapter Receives Grant to Advance Healthy Communities

Posted February 8, 2017

APA IOWA Chapter has received a $50,000 grant to help build local capacity for integrating planning and public health. Only 28 chapters have received funding through the Planners4Health initiative led by APA.

The Planners4Health initiative is part of APA’s Plan4Health three-year, $9 million program to help communities combat determinants of chronic disease – lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods. Funding for the initiative is provided through a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Through the initiative, APA IOWA Chapter will use the grant funding to broadly share knowledge and resources on building coalitions with public health professionals and more strongly integrating public health into local and regional planning practices.

“This is a significant opportunity to enhance local planning efforts to create healthier communities and establish a strong legacy of collaboration between planners and public health professionals,” said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA’s Planning and Community Health Center. “Through APA IOWA Chapter’s efforts, even more professionals will have access to best practices and resources to further advance healthy communities.”

Through this grant, the APA IOWA Chapter will:

  • - Identify potential partners;
  • - Leverage existing initiatives and efforts underway;
  • - Share planning and public health information; and
  • - Bring together key stakeholders.

This is the second grant the APA IOWA Chapter has received through the overall Plan4Health initiative.

The chapter partnered with the Iowa Public Health Association, Linn County Public Health, Hawkeye Area Community Action Program and the City of Marion to develop projects related to active living and food and nutrition. Information regarding this work can be found at the Iowa Public Health Association website

More information about the chapter’s work under the Planners4Health initiative will be found as the project progresses at

Visit for information about the three-year program.


A cornerstone of Planners4Health is a six-part curriculum series guiding members through each step of the project. Five of six sessions will be offered via webinar for CM credit. Anyone is welcome to attend the online sessions; please follow the links below to register:

February 8, 2017 2:00 PM  Session One: Assessing the Healthy Communities Landscape

March 8, 2017 2:00 PM  Session Two: What We Measure Matters: Metrics, Data, Sources, and Methodologies

April 12, 2017 2:00 PM  Session Three: Applying an Equity Lens

N/A Session Four: Building Coalitions and Engaging the Community (closed session for grantees at NPC)

June 14, 2017 2:00 PM  Session Five: Communications: Framing, Messaging, and Marketing

July 12, 2017  2:00 PM  Session Six: Sustaining Momentum

Chapter Receives Grant to Advance Healthy Communities