Please join us for a free webinar about urban design and health equity on June 7th, 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EDT). 

Intended for community leaders and professionals in the fields of public health, healthcare, government, design, transportation, and others, this webinar will emphasize the link between urban design and health equity, and discuss the basics of the process of urban design as well as tools and knowledge that may help non-designers identify health promoting and impeding facets of the built environment, and participate more actively in the urban design process.

Organized by Health Equity Initiative (HEI), with support provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in partnership with Gehl Institute.

The link to participate in this webinar will be sent as part of the registration confirmation email once you have registered. 

Participants will:

  • Learn basic information on the process of urban design
  • Discuss methodologies to observe the existing physical environment and assess potential needs and barriers to health equity
  • Identify resources and opportunities for better understanding and engagement in the urban design process


  • Julia D Day, Associate, Gehl 
  • Helen Leung, Co-Executive Director, LA Más


  • Dr. Renata Schiavo, Founding President, Health Equity Initiative

Health Equity and the Built Environment: Engaging New Allies in Planning a Healthy City

This webinar is first in a three-part webinar series focused on the concept that “place matters”—that the physical environment can protect against or exacerbate health inequities. The series will center on the intersection of design, planning, community development, and public health, as well as the consequences of different urban design approaches on health equity. It will help people “see” their surroundings and their relationship to health with new eyes, as well as provide resources and tools for increased participation of community leaders and “non-designer” professionals in the urban design process. The series’ intended results include creating a cadre of professionals in relevant sectors who gain insight into how the built environment intersects with issues of safety, access to healthy lifestyles, and a community’s overall physical, mental and emotional health. The webinars will also provide participants with sample resources and steps to become engaged or engage others in the urban design process.
Who should attend: Community leaders and professionals in the fields of public health, healthcare, government, urban planning, design, transportation, education, and others who are seeking (1) a more comprehensive understanding of the urban planning–health equity relationship to provide input and ideas in the urban design process; and (2) essential skills in the theory and practice of community engagement.

Stay tuned for the second and final webinar of the series!

Cost: Free