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Communities nationwide are recognizing the critical link between our built environments and public health. How well we plan land use, amenities, transportation, economic development and natural resource protection will have dramatic effects on our communities far into the future.

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Richmond, California, Becoming International Role Model for Innovative Community Planning and Urban Design

Richmond's breakthrough concept integrating public health and community planning will be presented at an international forum for public health in Shanghai, China. Dr. Richard Kreutzer, Branch Chief of the Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the California Department of Public Health, is presenting Public Health in Community Planning and Urban Design: Sharing the Experience of Updating the Richmond, California, General Plan at an international forum for public health sponsored by the Shanghai Municipal Health Bureau, the Shanghai Municipal Center for Disease Control & Prevention (SCDC), and the Shanghai Institutes of Preventive Medicine, December 11-14, 2007.Learn more...


Cities of Richmond and San Pablo to get more 'Street WISE"

The Contra Costa County Health Services Department (CCHS) recently received a 3-year grant to continue the Street WISE Project. The grant was made by the California Kid's Plate Fund. CCHS will work with the planning departments, redevelopment agencies and the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee (WCCTAC) on local projects and policies to protect childhood pedestrian and bicyclists.

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CA APA Conference Session on Richmond Health Policy Element

The City of Richmond General Plan Health Policy Element Technical Advisory Group (TAG) will present their preliminary findings at the CA APA Conference on October 1, from 1:15pm to 2:30pm, in the Sacramento Room, at the Fairmont San Jose Hotel. See conference website for more details: more...

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Richmond Will Address Public Health

In a breakthrough concept that could improve the health of people in urban environments statewide, The California Endowment has provided a $255,000 grant to include Public Health in a new General Plan for the City of Richmond, California—the first plan in the State to include this element. The award will be administered by PolicyLink, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California, specializing in social equity issues and strategies to improve community health. The project will be led by MIG, Inc., the land use planning firm for the City of Richmond’s General Plan Update, in consultation with Contra Costa Health Services.Learn more...

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