Please join us for a free webinar on urban design, health equity, and community engagement on July 19, 1:00 to 2:00 PM (EDT). 
The webinar will employ three case studies to demonstrate community engagement strategies in successful and innovative urban design projects. Speakers from KaBOOM!, ARCHIVE Global, and Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park will share their experiences advocating at the community level and promoting communal ownership and action.
This webinar is second in a three-part webinar series Health Equity and the Built Environment: Engaging New Allies in Planning a Healthy City (read more below). Organized by Health Equity Initiative (HEI), with support provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in partnership with Gehl Institute.
Participants will:
  • Learn about real world examples of urban design and its relation to health equity
  • Gain an understanding of community engagement in various settings and across different determinants of health
  • Aisha Alexander, Director, External Affairs, Kaboom
  • Sarah Ruel-Bergeron, RA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Architect, ARCHIVE Global
  • Katherine Thompson, Co-Chair, Friends of Bushwick Inlet Park
  • Friso van Reseema, MPH, Board of Directors, Health Equity Initiative (Moderator)
The link to participate in this webinar will be sent as part of the registration confirmation email once you have registered. 


Health, Equity, + Built Environment: Engaging New Allies in Planning a Healthy City

This three-session webinar series is 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 final webinar of the series!

Have questions about Improving the Physical Environment to Advance Health Equity: Case Studies in Community Engagement? Contact Health Equity Initiative (HEI)