Thursday, November 19, 2015

Eagle County receives Plan4Health grant

Eagle County Public Health and the Healthy Communities Coalition of Eagle County were one of 17 communities across the county to receive the Plan4Health grant. The American Planning Association (APA) is providing $2.25 million in funding to 17 new local coalitions around the United States through its Plan4Health initiative to combat two determinants of chronic disease — lack of physical activity and lack of access to nutritious foods.

Plan4Health is a multi-year effort that strengthens the connection between planning and public health. Seventy-five percent of the program's funding supports local and state coalitions working to advance public health through better planning and partnerships, specifically through leveraging skills and evidence-based strategies. Funding for Plan4Health was provided through an award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Healthy Communities Coalition of Eagle County (Coalition) is comprised of multidisciplinary professionals and community members committed to fostering health among all who live in Eagle County. The Plan4Health grant enables the Coalition to gain a common understanding of Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) policies by examining the comprehensive plans of all seven communities across the Eagle River Valley. This will inform future town resolutions advancing HEAL through the built environment. The grant also will support a community outreach pilot. Authentic community engagement empowers those most impacted to drive solutions, resulting in higher quality projects that best meet the community’s priorities.

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