Where you live impacts your health. General and Comprehensive Plans guide the big picture vision for how the community should take shape for the future. We know that to achieve the goals we’ve set out in our Strategic Map, planning must include community health. Working collaboratively with others, we’re finding ways to support healthy behavior, such as biking, walking, and having access to affordable healthy foods in our communities.
Our new AZ Healthy Communities webpage supports Arizona communities that are using, or are interested in using, collaborative approaches to healthy community planning and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. An exciting addition to the website is a comprehensive listing of General Plans from around the state. Click the Arizona General Plan Resources link to find this list and read how other Arizona communities are planning for the future.
Another tool available for communities to support their work in making the healthy choices is the Healthy Community Design Toolkit. The Toolkit is a guide for local residents who wish to participate in the process. The Toolkit will support Arizona communities in using collaborative approaches to healthy community planning and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Arizona was selected as one of seven states to receive a grant from the Health Impact Project to help bring health considerations into public policy decisions. Find out more about Health in Policy and Practice Arizona and the work partners can accomplish when they work together.