The Delaware Plan4Health initiative and the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living seeks to change the approach in which comprehensive plans are updated to include considerations for health and equity. Using feedback from the community, the Coalition will create land use, design and policy guidelines for planners and public health professionals seeking to increase access to healthy food and build spaces that encourage physical activity.
Listen to David Edgell and Tim Gibbs talk about the DEplan4health initiative in a podcast created by the American Planning Association here.
The Delaware Journal of Public Health, December 2016, Volume 2, Issue 5 published two articles related to the Delaware Plan4Health initiative. The first article, “The A’s of Influencing Health Eating and Active Living,” was authored by Michelle Eichinger, MS, MPA. The second article, “When Planning Meets Health: Delaware’s Plan4Health Grant Fosters a Healthy Delaware,” was co-authored by Michelle Eichinger, Kristen Vales, David Edgell, Tim Gibbs, Bill Swiatek, Patti Miller, and Mary Ellen Gray.